Lhota blamed the stop-and-frisk crackdown for so impeding cops that outlaw motorcycle gangs are able to rampage freely.
“We have seen an increase in shootings, rapes and in the past few days a horrific attack on a father in front of his family and five people stabbed on the Upper West Side,” Lhota said.
This is how magical the thinking about stop-and-frisk is among its diehard proponents: somehow, a campaign of routinely and indiscriminately searching young people on the street in high-crime neighborhoods would have prevented the Riverside Park stabber—reportedly a 43-year-old, mentally disturbed homeless man—from attacking strangers in a low-crime neighborhood. Likewise, it's stop-and-frisk that would have allowed the NYPD to keep the bikers from roaming around the city breaking traffic laws. As opposed to, say, the NYPD enforcing traffic laws.
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