NYPD officers conduct a demonstration on stop-and-frisk, a technique officers use to keep illegal guns off the street. One teen arrested after being frisked was later released -- and months later, he was busted for shooting a Queens man, sources said.
The court's sympathy toward Darryl Craig, 14 — who was just starting his criminal career with his first gun arrest — infuriated NYPD cops, who rely on stop-and-frisk as a key tool for keeping illegal guns off the street.
“The ability of a police officer to stop, question and frisk an individual is a highly effective tactic when left to the discretion of a police officer,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
Craig, 14, had the original gun-possession conviction overturned, even though he had been stopped in a high-crime area in the wake of two gang shootings and the cops had employed textbook NYPD procedure.
Craig’s run-in with cops came in February 2010, when Bronx Police Officer Orlando Colon stopped him on the street after seeing him put a black object in his pocket.
The city Law Department plans to appeal the ruling in The Bronx stop-and-frisk case.