Holy Cross Students Targeted in Stop-And-Frisk
Published: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2013 16:09
Nearly seven out of ten people “stopped and frisked” under a new controversial Worcester Police Department policy were College of the Holy Cross students.
Of 817 stops made by police in the southern district of Worcester in 2012, 72% of those questioned were were wearing some article of Vineyard Vines clothing, 45% were wearing Sperrys as footwear and 14% were wearing bright colored shorts.
Caro Street, which houses a significant proportion of off campus students, had the most “stop and frisk” incidents with 389.
The top reason for the stop-and-frisk in 2012 was suspicion of alcohol. Followed closely by the Worcester police having “nothing better to do.”
This procedure has brought on a slew of complaints. A Holy Cross Junior, who would like to remain anonymous, said he felt “fearful” to step off campus and now “thought twice” about wearing his favorite Vineyard Vine shirt.
Clare O’Leary, class of 2017, stated that she felt “violated and discriminated against,” and that her love for brand name clothing and “awesome fashion sense” should be not used as a trigger for a stop-and-frisk.
The Worcester police data did not list how many of the stop-and-frisks resulted in arrests.
The Worcester Police department declined to comment on these acquisitions, but do maintain that public safety is their ultimate goal.