October 24, 2016
Dear President of the United States,
Congratulations for being elected as our next President of the United States. It is a great accomplishment to be presented with this honor. I am writing to inform you of issues in our country that I believe should be fixed. It arose in New York City’s Police Department and it involves the stopping and frisking of minority individuals.
Recently in New York City, police have been questioned for unconstitutional stop and frisks. The legal definition of stop and frisk that is used by the courts and police is a brief, non-intrusive, police stop of a suspect. The New York police department have been viewed as unconstitutional because they are focusing on stopping blacks and latinos rather than anyone who looks suspicious. A stop and frisk is supposed to help the police catch suspicious people on the streets and they base their suspicion off of probable cause. The police in New York are not basing their suspicion on only probable cause, but rather probable cause and their own views of people.
In order for the police to stop being unconstitutional in their stop and frisks we need to provide stricter laws in New York stating that they are not allowed to violate the fourth amendment nor only focus on stopping minority figures. For police in New York to follow these rules they will need to have harsher supervisors who will make sure that the officers abide to the laws. Thank you, Mr/Mrs. President for letting me express my views on an issue I think is a major problem in our country. I hope you are you able to look into detail and find a way to stop these unconstitutional stop and frisks in the city of New York.
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