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Locals Can Discuss Fears and Experiences with Stop-and-Frisk at Forum

By Katie Honan | November 22, 2016 5:27pm

​JACKSON HEIGHTS — Officials are hosting a forum to discuss stop-and-frisk as calls from the president-elect to expand the tactic sparked concerns from residents. 

The forum, sponsored by the Mayor's Office of Community Affairs and hosted by community groups including DRUM, CHHAYA CDC, Make the Road New York and Friends of Diversity Plaza, will discuss concerns and experiences with the policing tactic, organizers said.

It will be held Saturday, Nov. 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center, 37-06 77th St.

A judge ruled in 2013 that the city was using stop-and-frisk unconstitutionally, and it has been scaled back by the NYPD. Data also showed it did little to stop shootings or take guns off the street. 

But after President-elect Donald Trump vowed to return the practice across the country, there have been concerns that it could return. 

De Blasio reassured New Yorkers that the practice would not be back on city streets, saying in a speech to the city on Monday that "if the Justice Department orders local police to resume stop and frisk, we will not comply."

Locals can bring their concerns to Saturday's forum and also discuss their own experiences with stop-and-frisk. 

A 2013 report from the NYPD showed Latinos were disproportionately stopped and frisked in the 115th Precinct, which covers Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and parts of Corona. 

Data of 2011 incidents also showed the precinct had the most stops out of all Queens precincts, and the third-highest in the city.