Despite it being exposed as racially biased and ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, it seems the NYPD still misses stop-and-frisk. First, President-elect Trump praised it as the right way to combat violent crime (he's wrong), and now the NYPD's 19th Precinct has published a letter in which a pair of grateful parents thank officers for arresting their teenage son and putting him on the path to success.

In the letter, an anonymous mother and father reminisce on how an NYPD officer kindly took in their troublemaking son by stopping, frisking, arresting, and jailing him in 2011—a time when he had been "selling drugs to young people, which was worse than harming himself." Faced with felony charges, their son was supposedly given the option of entering rehab, where he ultimately reformed, got clean, graduated college, and landed a job as a paid intern.

“We believe that the key to turning our son’s life around, the thing that saved his life, was the arrest. We will always feel gratitude to you," the parents wrote.

The 19th Precinct, which polices the Upper East Side, shared the letter on Twitter Monday, along with the boast "We may seem like the bad guys to some people, but it’s letters like this that make our work worth it & truly life changing." The message was quickly picked up by the New York Post and the Daily News, both of which published rosy stories on how stop-and-frisk served as a charitable kind of "scared straight" moment for the young boy.

Robert Gangi, director of New York's Police Reform Organizing Project, criticized the tabloids' reporting on the letter. "It results in a disservice to the public. The NYPD is an enormously powerful institution and their power is unchecked in any meaningful way," Gangi said. "The press does have a responsibility that they're staunchly failing to carry out." (It should be noted that, in the case of the Post, this kind of thing is par for the course.)

"Most people who were subjected to stop and frisk were angry about it and felt disrespected," Gangi continued. "This may well have been an isolated case where it had a positive impact, because sometimes introducing a young person to the consequences of their acts does help turn them around. But that isn't a justification for the entire practice."

Citywide, stop-and-frisks have declined precipitously in recent years. In 2015, the NYPD made 24,000 street stops, down from 45,787 in 2014 and 685,724 in 2011 (two years before stop-and-frisk was ruled unconstitutional). According to the ACLU, 90 percent of stops between 2002 and 2015 were deemed innocent.

When asked about the modern GOP's resurgent support for stop-and-frisk, Gangi said it's likely that NYPD officers feel more emboldened by Trump and his surrogates. "Officers will more likely be that much more aggressive and proactive in employing stop-and-frisk-type tactics," he added.

The letter also seems to offer anecdotal evidence of the power of rehabilitative drug court programs in lieu of jail time, more than it does warrantless searches. The de Blasio administration is making an effort to open Public Health Diversion Centers that prioritize drug treatment as an alternative to jail for low-level offenders. In the meantime, who wants a snowglobe?