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January 16, 2009

NY POLICE SHOW BLATANT BIAS IN STOP & FRISK

A study by the Center for Constitutional Rights of 1.6 million NY police stops over a period of 3.5 years finds that approximately 80 percent of total stops made were of blacks and latinos, who comprise 25 percent and 28 percent of New York City’s total population, respectively. During this same time period, only approximately 10 percent of stops were of whites, who comprise 44 percent of the city’s population.

The report concludes the data "provides strong evidence that the NYPD is not only exceedingly indiscriminate in its frisks of blacks and latinos, but also conducts such frisks without reasonable suspicion, raising legitimate concerns that such frisks may be racially pretextual."

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why frisk a guy if you don't suspect him?

January 17, 2009 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AND WHAT PERCENTAGE OF CRIMES ARE COMMITTED BY BLACKS AND LATINOS?

January 19, 2009 7:42 PM  

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