Petition Closed
Petitioning NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly and 4 others

End NYPD's "Stop and Frisk" Policy for Public Housing Residents

Tenants in public housing in New York are suing the NYPD over its "stop-and-frisk" policy - a policy that allows police to stop ordinary citizens, question and frisk them, regardless of any reasonable suspicion. When police representatives were asked to explain and answer questions about the policy for residents, they were silent.

Under the policy, whether or not the police catch you doing anything wrong, your name goes into a database kept by the NYPD. The state branch of the American Civil Liberties Union says the policy violates a state law that requires that criminal records be sealed if someone is acquitted.

Being a public housing resident isn't grounds for an illegal search or to be detained. Let's find policing strategies where officers engage the people they're supposed to serve and protect, not antagonize them.

Letter to
NYPD Commissioner  Raymond Kelly
NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Paul Browne
New York State House
and 2 others
New York State Senate
New York Governor
I was disturbed to learn recently that tenants in public housing in New York are suing the NYPD over its "stop-and-frisk" policy - a policy that allows police to stop ordinary citizens, question and frisk them, regardless of any reasonable suspicion. Further, when police representatives were asked to explain and answer questions about the policy for residents, they were silent.

It's not the first policy subjecting public housing residents to regulations ordinary Americans wouldn't stand for. Smoking bans, drug testing, and unlawful evictions are all methods prescribed to keep public housing residents in check, but that often violate their privacy and civil rights.

Being a public housing resident isn't grounds for an illegal search or to be detained. Let's find policing strategies where officers engage the people they're supposed to serve and protect, not antagonize them. We encourage you to do your part to end the stop and frisk policy and help generate policing strategies that keep communities safe and don't violate their civil rights.