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CTC-301: Ethical Issues Emerge In Controversy Over New York City’s Stop & Frisk Law

Last week, a court overturned a ruling that put a stop to the "stop and frisk law" that had been in use in New York City. This law allowed police officers to stop citizens and give them pat downs if they had probable cause to do so. According to Mayor Bloomberg, the "stop and frisk law" has dramatically reduced crime in New York City since it was introduced. Critics on the other hand, have said that the law targets minorities, is racist, and is discriminatory. The ethical question here is whether or not we can look past a law being racially discriminatory if it dramatically cuts down on crime. In this case, most people are criticizing the judge who made the ruling because the law prevents crime, and I guess this fact alone is worth upsetting some minorities.


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