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Opening Arguments

Blind justice

Extreme political correctness goes from silly to dangerous:

Cops might as well wear blindfolds if the City Council passes a bill that would let them use little more than the color of a suspect’s clothing in descriptions — or risk being sued for profiling, according to this provocative new ad (pictured) from the NYPD captains union.

The ad asks, “How effective is a police officer with a blindfold on?”

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Williams and fellow Brooklyn Democrat Brad Lander, a co-sponsor of the proposal, say it would only expand the city’s existing racial-profiling law by adding other demographic groups that should be protected, such as the homeless and gay people.

They have said police are free, under the bill, to chase leads that include descriptions but cannot stop and frisk people based solely on those descriptions.

Lord, what a world. "Getting bad guys off the street" vs. "hurting people's feelings by unfairly friskingBlind them" shouldn't be a close call. The fact that it is explains a lot, huh?