Paterson Signs Stop-And-Frisk Legislation, Raises Specter of Japanese Internment

Gov. Paterson just signed a bill outlawing the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk database, and comparing the practice to the Alien and Sedition Acts, Japanese Internment, and The Patriot Act as “moments where liberty took a back seat.

And each time, hindsight made our errors clear,” he said. “Today, we have an opportunity to set the scales of safety and liberty in balance before we lose something we can’t get back. We will continue to work together-citizens, civic leaders, and law enforcement officers-to make New York the safest and most free city in America.”

He notes that in 2008, 88% of those stopped were released.

News of this bill signing has not pleased Mayor Bloomberg.