DJ Envy Changes Stance On Stop & Frisk: I no longer believe in it.
DJ Envy is changing his stance on Stop & Frisk. Earlier this week, the Breakfast Club radio personality made headlines for saying that he agreed with the policy, when done correctly, because he had been shot at by men who attempted to car jack him.
He recounted the incident, saying it happened while he was on his way to work, from New Jersey. A car, appearing to be a police car, pulled up behind him attempting to pull him over. Envy says that the police lights didn’t look official, so he says that he decided NOT to pull over. The car then chased him, hitting the back of his car. He stopped on the highway, driving in reverse. The attempted car jackers got out the car and shot at him in his vehicle. Here’s the audio of him explaining what happened and why he agreed with ‘Stop & Frisk’.
Fast forward to the present day and he now has a different point of view. After listening to John Legend and others in the community, along wit this wife, he now feels differently. He writes on Instagram,
John legend is a firm supporter and advocate of black lives matter. I had an opportunity to have a wonderful conversation with him today where he provided me and our listeners with a great deal of useful information regarding stop and frisk. This information played a large part in me revisiting my thoughts and opinions regarding stop and frisk. As a black man in our community, I have been subjected to stop and frisk on numerous occasions and have had bad experiences with police officers who abuse their power. Upon all of those occasions, I had gone home and complained to my family and/or shared it with breakfast club listeners. I am the son of a retired detective and still had contempt for the law and the officers that carried it out. I was firmly and vocally against stop and frisk… That all changed about a week ago when someone tried to MURDER me in an attempted robbery and carjacking… I was shot at several times with an illegal gun . Thankfully, through the grace of God, I was able to escape with my life and go home to my family. It was as though a ton of bricks fell from the sky and gave me a different perspective on stop and frisk based on my experience. The only thing that I could think is that these streets aren’t safe and that illegal guns need to be removed. I have been on both sides of the equation… A person reduced to being stopped and frisked and a person who’s life was almost taken from him with an illegal gun. I said that stop and frisk could be an option if it could be administered PROPERLY and FAIRLY. Voicing that opinion created a much-needed discussion about the topic. It angered a lot of people and causd a surge of information to rise to the surface… some information that I was not aware of previously… After several conversations within my community with @johnlegend and with my wife, I am not too proud to say that my views on Stop and Frisk have changed.. I spoke too soon..