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Stop-and-frisk encounters to include an explanation 'receipt' starting in September, NYPD says

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New York City Police officers watch over a demonstration against the city's "stop-and-frisk" searches in lower Manhattan near Federal Court on March 18, 2013. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Next month, NYPD officers will start handing out forms to people subjected to stop and frisks that include an explanation for the encounter and contact information to register a complaint, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

The forms, also referred to as receipts, will include a place for cops to identify themselves.

Use of the receipt, which begins Sept. 21, was recommended by Peter Zimroth, a special federal court in Manhattan monitor helping the court oversee reforms of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk practice.

Earlier this month, Zimroth, former city corporation counsel, recommended cops give the form to those stopped and in some cases frisked -- but not arrested. Late Monday a federal judge approved Zimroth's recommendation.

The receipts cover so-called Level 3 encounters, where officers stop, question, frisk and detain a person they reasonably suspect has or will commit a misdemeanor or felony.

News of the stop-and-frisk form drew an angry response Tuesday from Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch.

It's an impediment to officers doing their jobs, he said, adding that including contact information for the Civilian Complaint Review Board is an invitation for the filing of unwarranted complaints.

"With the CCRB's contact information prominently listed on the back, these receipts are clearly designed to invite retaliatory complaints against police officers who make an active effort to prevent crime and take guns off the street," Lynch said in a statement. "They are just one more item on the ever-growing list of anti-public-safety measures that will put an end to proactive policing in this city and ultimately accelerate the increase in crime and disorder that we are already seeing in our public spaces."

But officials with the Center For Constitutional Rights, which played a key role in lawsuits against NYPD stop-and-frisk practices, applauded use of the receipt. In a statement, the Manhattan-based center noted its use is a pilot program and they reserved the right to ask for further revisions.


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