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Letter to the Editor of the New York Post, Regarding "Stop and Frisk" Op-Ed Pieces
[When a federal judge approved a class-action lawsuit against the NYPD's racist "stop and frisk" policy, the New York Post got nervous. They ran two op-ed pieces in a row by the notorious Heather MacDonald, full of lies and misinformation and absolutely ZERO legal grounding for her argument in favor of continuing to stop and frisk people of color. Amateur constitutional scholar Jean Rice, a homeless man and member of the Board of Directors of Picture the Homeless, is challenging Ms. MacDonald to a debate on the subject...]
I am responding to Heather MacDonald's op-eds regarding the NYPD's controversial "stop and frisk" policy.
It is difficult to follow Ms. MacDonald's line of reasoning, as she cites no legal opinions or scholarly work upon which to lay a foundation for her pro-"stop and frisk" evaluation. Ms. MacDonald's goal of overpolicing high crime areas diminishes the civil liberties and constitutional rights of all of the citizens who reside within these areas. It is over-simplistic and divisive.
Ms MacDonald's approach invites unconstitutional and illegal behavior by law enforcement agents - putting citizens at risk; inviting punitive damages that our city cannot afford; and undermining the trust and confidence that citizens should have for law enforcement agents.
I would appreciate the opportunity to debate this issue Ms. MacDonald at an open forum in some place of mutual consent.
[A more detailed video version of Jean Rice's challenge to debate Heather MacDonald can be found at: http://t.co/QOSz8Lux]