The Breakfast Club DJ Envy has been receiving a great deal of backlash after days of rigorous debate over law enforcement’s institution of Stop and Frisk in poor communities of color.
Envy expressed his support of Stop and Frisk earlier this week after he revealed that just last week his life was almost taken from him by a group of robbers who attempted to murder him while driving on the road in NYC.
However, only a few days later, Envy revealed that he’s had a change of heart on supporting a modified version of stop and frisk following an in-depth discussion he had with his cohosts and their politically active guest, singer John Legend, who said, “We have rights to walk through the streets without unreasonable search and seizure. That’s the fourth amendment,” that Envy says he was challenged to reconsider his thoughts on the former NYPD tactic.
“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,” Envy wrote.
In his lengthy message, Envy confessed to having once been an opponent of Stop and Frisk, but felt forced to give second thought to where he stood on the issue after a recent attempt on his life. Envy spoke on the conflicting viewpoints of those who are for and against the policy when he expressed having felt conflicted over the virtue of the policy, considering he knows what it’s like to have been profiled by police, all the while fearing that he or a loved one could potentially lose their lives due to senseless gun violence.
We commend DJ Envy for helping to shed light on the issue of stop and frisk by openly expressing himself throughout this entire ordeal.
Take a look at the full interview with John Legend below.