An insane statistic to start your week: the NYPD reported 676,142 more stop-and-frisks in 2011 than in 2002 and seized 626 fewer guns.
Last year, the department conducted 685,724 stops, a 600% increase since Mayor Bloomberg took office, and it is on pace to match that record-breaking figure this year. New data released by the NYPD indicates that as stop-and-frisks have dramatically increased since the start of the Bloomberg administration, the number of guns actually yielded by stops has stayed more or less the same. Just 1,613 of 337,434 stops–.4 percent–led to the seizure of a gun during the first half of 2012, compared to .5 percent last year, .7 percent in 2009, and a (relatively) whopping four percent in 2002, Bloomberg’s first year in office.
One anonymous ex-cop hinted to DNAinfo that some officers may not be exercising enough discretion when deciding to make a stop. “Stop-and-frisk is done because something in your head is telling you there is something going on,” he said. “It is not supposed to be a random toss and pray. It should be the equivalent of stopping a vehicle because it matches a description of one used in a crime or is suspicious.”