This week, Martin Luther King III and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, a mayoral candidate, held a press conference to denounce the NYPD practice of 'stop, question and frisk,' in which police stop city residents in the hopes of catching drugs or illegal weapons.
The NYCLU has long held that the process inordinately affects people of color, and results in a disproportionate use of force in some cases.
The police department, for its part, has said that stop-and-frisks are an invaluable tool in helping to keep illegal guns, drugs and more off the streets.
As the media attention starts to center around the practice, we want to know what you think? Is the NYPD within its rights to stop and question residents? Or is the practice an invasion of privacy at best and racist at worst?
Vote in our poll below and tell us what you think in the comments.