Cleveland: Mayor calls Reed's idea "Armchair Police-chiefing"

CLEVELAND -- Mayor Frank Jackson does not think too much of City Councilman Zack Reed's proposal that Cleveland Police be given authority to use the tactic known as "stop-and-frisk."

Jackson labelled it "Armchair Police-Chiefing."

On Tuesday, Reed told WKYC's Tom Beres the increasing number of homicides and ongoing gun-involved crimes on Cleveland streets warrant extreme measures because "what we're doing now isn't working."

New York City used the aggressive tactic of giving police the authority to stop suspects based on suspicious appearance or behavior.

Former N.Y. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was a strong proponent of the tactic. It's been credited with helping lower New York City's overall crime rate.

But a federal court found the procedure unconstitutional, finding it often violated the rights of minorities who were stopped and interrogated.

Reed believes the tactic could be modified and implemented to comply with the law, if adequate record-keeping and documentation were used.

He sees it as a way to get many illegal guns off Cleveland streets.

Reed is planning an upcoming trip to New York CIty, where he is planning more research on the subject.

He says legislation is not needed to enact the policy, that it could be done administratively by police.

Follow WKYC's Senior Political Correspondent Tom Beres on Twitter: @TomBeres


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