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CNN Panel Fights over Stop and Frisk: Violence Happening in ‘Predominantly Black Areas’

On CNN Monday night, Anderson Cooper led a heated panel discussion on a New York judge ruling against the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policy. Charles Blow contended there’s no constitutional justification fot it at all, while Crystal Wright defended the program, saying that urban areas and “predominantly black neighborhoods” are where the most violence is occurring.

Mark Geragos wryly noted stop and frisk would be more scandalous if it was done in predominately white neighborhood. Wright challenged him to “show me a wealthy white neighborhood where you have the level of crime,” muggings, murders, etc. that exists in black neighborhoods.

Blow said stop and frisk defenders shouldn’t act like they’re doing minorities a favor by profiling them, likening that argument to one used back in the days of slavery. Wright argued the root of the problem is “the breakdown of the black family,” while Geragos asked, “Is it character-bulding to have them be frisked for doing nothing?”

Wright allowed that steps like officer training should be taken, but ultimately, “we need to be honest about what’s going on in the black community”

Watch the video below, via CNN:

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