I am pleased that justice has been done in the case of NYPD officer Michael Daragjati, who pleaded guilty this morning to using a racial slur against an African-American man and falsely charging him with resisting arrest, after stopping and frisking him on Staten Island last spring. There is no place in our police department for such abhorrent behavior.
At the same time, I am renewing my call for a Department of Justice investigation of the department’s controversial Stop and Frisk policies, which disproportionately target blacks and Latinos, while doing little to rid our streets of the scourge of illegal weapons. I applaud the great work that our police department does every day to protect this City. But New York can be both smart on crime and tough on crime, and a reform of this policy as currently practiced is long overdue.