Use of stop-and-frisk goes down, and so does the crime rate

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New figures from the New York Police Department show that the number of stop-and-frisks conducted in the first three months of 2013 is down compared to the number conducted over the same period last year. The new numbers also show that overall crime is down.

The low crime numbers bolster the Bloomberg administration's already solid crime-fighting credentials, but the concurrent reduction in stop-and-frisk (under pressure) weakens one element of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's argument against critics of the policy. Bloomberg had warned that curtailing stop-and-frisk would mean "guns would be everywhere in our city."

Most of the Democratic candidates for mayor favor a reduced form of stop-and-frisk.

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