Stop and Frisk: Revisit or Resist Gun violence in Philadelphia has reached a boiling point. Politicians, police and community members are searching for ways to curb the staggering statistics. City Council President Darrell Clarke proposed Stop and Frisk as a potential solution in the summer of 2022. Could beefing up this controversial police tactic help keep Philly safe? Stop and Frisk: Revisit or Resist explores diverse perspectives and solutions to the city's gun violence crisis . The five-episode podcast is a production of WHYY News and Temple University's Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting.
Stop and Frisk: Revisit or Resist

Stop and Frisk: Revisit or Resist

From WHYY

Gun violence in Philadelphia has reached a boiling point. Politicians, police and community members are searching for ways to curb the staggering statistics. City Council President Darrell Clarke proposed Stop and Frisk as a potential solution in the summer of 2022. Could beefing up this controversial police tactic help keep Philly safe? Stop and Frisk: Revisit or Resist explores diverse perspectives and solutions to the city's gun violence crisis . The five-episode podcast is a production of WHYY News and Temple University's Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting.

Most Recent Episodes

What happens next

In Episode 5 of "Stop and Frisk: Revisit or Resist," a podcast produced by WHYY and Temple University's Logan Center for Urban Investigative Reporting, WHYY gun violence prevention reporter Sam Searles and Temple University student Kole Long host a panel of concerned community members.

Political will

Stop and frisk is a divisive topic in Philadelphia, with political implications. Gun violence and public safety are bound to be central campaign topics in the upcoming 2023 mayoral election, and candidates are already talking about policing practices. Former Mayor Michael Nutter explains why he supports stop and frisk, and current mayoral candidates share their perspectives on public safety. Meanwhile, residents, including children, continue to take to the streets to decry the lack of coordination between the Philadelphia Police Department, City Hall, the District Attorney's Office, and community organizations tackling the crisis.

The police

Sgt. Michael Spicer patrols Kensington's distressed streets. Central to the question of solving Philadelphia's gun violence crisis is the role that law enforcement should play in the most affected neighborhoods. The city allocatesmore funding toward policing every year, but the homicide numbers don't budge. Spicer explains why Black men are targeted for stops and why stop and frisk is complicated.

The targets

Some Philadelphians are feeling desperate for a solution to gun violence, even if it is potentially harmful. A more visible stop and frisk policing method is being debated as gun violence soars in the City of Brotherly Love. The people most likely to be stopped and frisked are young Black men. Learn why these targets don't support it.

How did we get here?

"Stop and frisk" reemerged in public conversations in July 2022, when city council president Darrell Clarke surfaced the idea days after a Fourth of July shooting on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Some council members voiced support, while others called it a desperate attempt to resurrect a failed policy. We examine how Philadelphians feel about gun violence in their neighborhoods and what they think about revisiting stop and frisk as a solution.

Trailer: Stop and Frisk: Revisit or Resist

Stop and Frisk: Revisit or Resist explores this controversial policing method and solutions to Philadelphia's gun violence crisis. Launch date is Nov. 15, 2022.