IG, IPM present their findings
The New Orleans Police Department's 'Stop and Frisk' policy and officers' use of field interview cards (FIC) were the focus of a city council committee meeting Wednesday.
Independent Police Monitor Susan Hutson told the Criminal Justice Committee steps need to be taken to make sure officers are conducting stops legally and are receiving the proper training on making stops.
"In 2011, roughly a fourth of our complaints were about some unlawful stop or racial profiling. In 2012 that went up to a third of our complaints, that the IPM takes in," Hutson said.
Another issue is whether an officer making a stop can collect and retain the social security numbers of the people they stop and frisk.
"It's our contention that collecting the social security numbers of individuals that are stopped in a 'stop and frisk' is not only against federal law but it's also against the privacy rights of the individual," says Deputy Police Monitor Simone Levine.
On the SSN issue, Police Chief Ronal Serpas responded, "38% of the time somebody's social security number appears in the FIC card. Clearly that tell you 60% of the time they do not because the person refused to give it and we didn't record it."