The federal monitor overseeing the NYPD asked a judge Friday to sign off on revised guidelines to make sure that stops are lawful and to clarify a ban on racial profiling.
“In focus groups and in conversations with individual officers about stop, question and frisk, we have heard a consistent message: The officers want more guidance and instruction about what they can and cannot do under the law,” Peter Zimroth wrote.
The proposed wording tells officers they’re allowed to approach people to ask questions but adds that the questioning can’t be accusatory. It also cautions that “the person may refuse to answer questions and/or walk or even run away” without consequence.
If officers decide to stop and frisk someone, they must have a particular reason to believe that person is a criminal suspect, it says.