The Origins of Stop-and-Frisk

By Alex Elkins, Jacobin
May 9, 2015

Elkins explains how Stop-and-Frisk policing has been used to exert control over black neighborhoods for decades. “Perhaps the most famous proponent of this strategy was Orlando W. Wilson. As Chicago’s superintendent of police in the 1960s, Wilson developed what he called ‘aggressive, preventive patrol.’ He said it worked like ‘psychological warfare’ against criminals because it ‘gives the impression of the police being everywhere.'”

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