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'Stop-and-shriek' reaction to ruling goes around the bend

As expected, the Post is joining with the Bloomberg administration in protesting Judge Shira Scheindlin’s decision against the city police stop-and-frisk policy. But the folks in charge there, while obviously not alone in their opinion, are crossing the lines of veracity to make the case against it.

An obviously sympathetic voice -- Chicagoan Nathaniel Pendleton, whose daughter was shot and killed a week after singing in President Obama’s inauguration -- is quoted as saying: “Can you sleep at night if someone gets shot because a cop couldn’t search someone they know has a gun?”

Of course the story doesn't say that if officers know he has a gun they certainly can search him.

A sidebar says that in Scheindlin’s own neighborhood, murders and robberies declined between 1990 and 2012, so that “she needs only look out her front door to see if the tactic works.”

But the program in its current incarnation wasn’t the only anti-crime tactic employed by the city under Giuliani, Bloomberg, Bratton, Safir, Kerik and Kelly -- or the only reason that crime fell. The use of stop and frisk was expanded under Bloomberg while the number of officers was reduced – two facts that may very well be related.

Another sidebar says “the NYPD has an unaccustomed ally – the police union” in resisting placing video cameras on officers. “Sources said it’s possible that cops can’t be forced to wear the extra equipment without it first being negotiated as part of their union contract.” When was the last time a public-sector labor union's insistence on collective bargaining as a matter of policy got boosted in the tab as a glimmer of hope?

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