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NYCLU Says Stop-And-Frisk Racial Disparities Have Persisted

March 14, 2019 - 12:53 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The New York Civil Liberties Union says that although NYPD street stops have dramatically decreased, young black and Latino men are still being stopped and frisked by officers at disproportionate rates.

The findings of a report entitled 'Stop and Frisk in the De Blasio Era' released Thursday by the New York Civil Liberties Union boasts a 98 percent drop in the tactics since 2011. But even with that decrease in numbers, NYCLU's legal director Christopher Dunn still has apprehensions.

The 'stop and frisk' tactic is used when an officer suspects that the person has a gun and NYCLU says that racial disparities have persisted. 


"There are a number of things that are concerning. First, there continues to be huge racial disparities in stops with blacks and Latinos being the ones stopped about 80 percent of the time. We also know that about 80 percent of incidences, people stopped, are completely innocent," Dunn said.

The report found in 66 percent of the stops, the person was frisked.

"And that's a real concern because once police officers start frisking people an encounter that is about talking to somebody turns into a physical encounter and that can be really humiliating," Dunn said. "Only six percent of people who are frisked are found to have a weapon and only a quarter of those weapons are guns."

The report also showed officers used force on over 21,000 black and Latino people compared to 2,200 whites.

"It may take a generation before we get to a point where the NYPD stop and frisk program has much less racial bias in it," Dunn said.

A police spokesman did not address the racial disparities in stop and frisk, but told WCBS 880 that the sharp decline in stops reflects the deliberate shift in NYPD's strategic focus over the past years to a more precise and surgical targeting of crime and criminals.