Conflict & Justice

How New York's 'Stop and Frisk' Compares to Britain's 'Stop and Search'

stop-search-UK300.jpg

Police officers stop and search a man on a back street in the Brixton neighbourhood of London August 14, 2008. REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN) - RTR2142Y

Credit:

© Andrew Winning / Reuters

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg warns that his city could return to the bad old days of high crime without "stop and frisk." It's the controversial policing tactic that a federal judge struck down on Monday.

Player utilities

This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview.

The judge ruled that New York police have systematically violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of people by wrongly targeting black and Hispanic men.

Britain has its own version of New York's policing tactic: it's called "stop and search." It's controversial, too.

Nick Glynn is 46 years old and black. He says he's been stopped and searched about 30 times in his life. But Glynn has an unusual perspective, he's an inspector in the Leicestershire police department.