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Nov 06, 2013

CNN-anchor-don-lemon-fallacy-stop-and-frisk-policy-NYPD-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationBy Arturo Garcia, Raw Story

CNN anchor Don Lemon credited the heavily-criticized “stop and frisk” approach by New York City police with a dramatic reduction in local crime in a radio commentary on Tuesday, and suggested that tampering with it would hurt not just the city’s residents, but its economy.

“The question is: would you rather be politically correct or safe and alive?” Lemon said on the Tom Joyner Show. “That’s the real issue facing the citizens of New York and pretty soon, ultimately you.”

Lemon argued that if the winner of Tuesday’s changes the NYPD’s law enforcement “formula,” including the policy, and the crime rate increases, “beyond local citizens moving away to the suburbs, people will stop visiting, stop spending their tourist dollars.”

A federal appeals court ruled on Oct. 31 to block an order for the NYPD to revise the policy, a move that irritated local activist groups. Bill de Blazio, the Democratic candidate and presumptive favorite to win the mayor’s race, has publicly stated his opposition to the practice. Joyner’s co-host, Sybil Wilkes, mentioned to Lemon that de Blazio’s wife, who is Black, and the couple’s biracial children are more likely to be affected by it.

According to Lemon, “stop and frisk,” which has been found to be ineffective while targeting Black and Latino men almost exclusively, the most important issue in the country besides employment concerns and the Affordable Care Act, and said members of those communities would support the practice if it were conducted like an airport security search, while knowing that would never happen.

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