The stop-and-frisk policy allows the NYPD to conduct random pat-downs of those they deem suspicious.
Stop-and-frisk is whack. That was the essence of a 27-page briefing that the New York Civil Liberties Union released on Wednesday.
The New York Police Department’s controversial tactic allows cops on the street to pat down those they deem suspicious at random, with the aim of reducing crime. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Mayor Michael Bloomberg say that the policy has played an integral role in reducing the city’s crime rate.
But civil rights activists disagree. The NYCLU report held that 400,000 people had been stopped and frisked in New York City last year, and that the large majority of those were black and Latino. Some who have been frisked under the policy say it is degrading and discriminatory, like this Harlem teenager who secretly recorded his stop-and-frisk encounter:
The NYCLU says that although less people were frisked in 2012 than the year prior, the racial disparities of those stopped are still stark. Their report also found that most stops (89 percent) didn’t result in a violation or summons, and in most of those cases, the innocent person stopped was Black (55 percent) or Latino (32 percent).
“Black and Latino New Yorkers were more likely to be frisked than whites and were less likely to be found with a weapon.” – NYCLU Report
“Though they account for only 4.7 percent of the city’s population, black and Latino males between the ages of 14 and 24 accounted for 40.6 percent of stops in 2012.” – NYCLU report