Despite plenty of negative publicity, the controversial stop-and-frisk policing policy shows no signs of slowing down, especially in New York City, According the NYPD, officers recorded 14 percent more stop-and-frisks this past year than the year prior. NY1 reports:
Officials at the New York City Police Department say last year, police officers officially recorded over 684,000 stop and frisks—a 14 percent increase from the year before.
The NYPD says the policy is preventing people from getting killed on city streets, but advocates say police target young blacks and Latinos and that the practice doesn’t work in spite of police claims that it saves lives..
“Innocent New Yorkers who on 600,000 separate occasions this past year were stopped, frisked and maybe thrown up against the wall. Barely six percent of these terrorizing encounters resulted in arrest,” said Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union.
The NYPD says last year, blacks were 53 percent of the stop subjects, Hispanics were 34 percent, and whites made up 9 percent of those stopped.
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