NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk Policy Called Into Question


In 2007 NYPD officers stopped 468,932 New Yorkers under their Stop-and-Frisk policy. Of that amount, 242,373 were disproportionately “black” and 87% were innocent. Sound like harassment to you?

NEW YORK (AP) — A civil liberties group sued Wednesday in a challenge to the NYPD’s practice of stopping hundreds of thousands of people each year for questioning, saying it is racially biased.

The New York Civil Liberties Union lawsuit lists New York Post reporter Leonardo Blair as the sole plaintiff, saying he was stopped and frisked by police officers as he walked from his car to his Bronx home last November.

He was taken to a police station, where officers expressed surprise that though he was black, he was not from “the projects,” the lawsuit said. Blair, 28, has a master’s degree from Columbia University.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, said the NYPD has stopped people in New York nearly a million times over the past two years under the practice. It said more than half of the people targeted were black, even though blacks make up only about a quarter of the city’s population.
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