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Cleveland Councilman proposes new stop and frisk policy

Sheila Wright, Executive Director of the NAACP Cleveland, spoke with Scott Taylor about her concerns with the proposed "stop and frisk" policy in Cleveland. (Source: WOIO) Sheila Wright, Executive Director of the NAACP Cleveland, spoke with Scott Taylor about her concerns with the proposed "stop and frisk" policy in Cleveland. (Source: WOIO)

Cleveland has seen 56 murders so far in 2014. Ward Two City Councilman Zack Reed wants the gun violence to stop by allowing Cleveland Police to institute a stop, question, and frisk policy. 

New York City used a similar policy for years, but recently it has become controversial. A judge ruled that it was unconstitutional the way NYPD officers were using it. 

The NAACP of Cleveland is against the new proposal. 

"We don't want to have a two tier Cleveland. We don't want to have a Cleveland where some people feel safe and others feel targeted," said Sheila Wright, Executive Director of the Cleveland NAACP. 

A US District Judge ordered New York to monitor and reform their stop and frisk policy. 

Last year, the policy is credited for a dramatic fall in crime in New York. 

We spoke with Cleveland residents to see what they had to say about the proposed law. 

"If they asked yes, they just can't walk up and be aggressive and say we have to frisk you," said Chris Ford. 

Anika Evans thinks stop and frisk isn't the solution. 

"It needs to start at home, it needs to start with the parents, until it starts with the parents at home, Zack Reed can't do anything. 

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson said the policy is, "armchair police chiefing."

"The NAACP has solutions that are long term but we need to stop the violence now. My solution is short term and if practiced correctly; stop, question, and frisk will help reduce violence crime in Cleveland. We have to solve the problem now," said Councilman Reed. 

"I think the better policy, which would avoid running afoul of being unconstitutional, could be working toward more Community Policing," Wright countered. "We have suffered enough from a poor relationship between the police and the community and we want to move forward."

The NAACP and Councilman Reed both said that having more people employed in Cleveland would help reduce the violence.

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