City lawmakers discuss crime prevention

City lawmakers are discussing how to fight crime after a Bronx state senator told News 12 The Bronx that he wants the controversial stop-and-frisk practice reinstated.



State Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr. says he wants stop-and-frisk brought back, claiming that the city's crime rate has gone up without it. After a judge ruled stop-and-frisk unconstitutional, the Community Safety Act was passed. The act set up the office of an Inspector General to act as a watchdog over the NYPD and ended some of the NYPD's aggressive policing practices.



"While there are those who will argue against stop-and-frisk, statistics show that crime was better controlled and the loss of life was decreased," Diaz said in a letter posted on his website earlier this month. In a News 12 poll after the story aired, 77 percent of viewers said they wanted stop-and-frisk brought back, while only 23 percent were against it.



Bronx Councilman Fernando Cabrera disagrees with Diaz. Cabrera says other programs, such as gun buybacks, were more successful than stop-and-frisk. He also says the program had a negative reaction from the community.



Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams, the main backer of the Community Safety Act, says the city's gun violence rate has nothing to do with how many stops were done under stop-and-frisk.



Williams says he appreciates Diaz addressing gun violence because he believes it's a problem the city needs to deal with.


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