REPORT: 400,000 Innocent Black and Latino New Yorkers ‘Stopped and Frisked’ in 2012
According a new report released by the NYCLU, the Stop and Frisk program led to 400,000 innocent black and Latino New Yorkers being stopped by the NYPD.
The report also links Stop and Frisk to soaring arrest rates for possessing marijuana.
Furthermore, nine out of ten people stopped are found to be innocent, and let go without arrest or a ticket. 87% were black and Latino.
“Despite the welcome decline in the overall number of stops, the NYPD last year still subjected hundreds of thousands of innocent people to humiliating, intimidating and unjustified stop-and-frisk encounters,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “With a 90-percent failure rate, the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program remains a tremendous waste of resources, sows mistrust between police and the communities of color and routinely violates fundamental rights. The city’s next mayor must make a clean break from the Bloomberg administration’s ineffective and abusive stop-and-frisk regime.”
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