New Analysis Shows Stop-and-Frisk Is Just as Terrible as Ever

May 23, 2013 | Andy Cush

NYCLU released its analysis of the NYPD’s 2012 stop-and-frisk statistics Wednesday. Briefly, here’s how the numbers look:

-The department stopped people 532,911 times in 2012.

-Ninety percent of people stopped were innocent, ie. not arrested or ticketed.

-Eighty-seven percent of people stopped were black or Latino.

-Ten percent of people were white.

-In the ten precincts with the lowest black and Latino populations, blacks and Latinos accounted for 70% of stops.

-Ninety percent of young black and Latino men who were stopped were innocent.

-Directly quoting from the NYCLU’s study: “Black and Latino New Yorkers were more likely to be frisked than whites and were less likely to be found with a weapon.”

-Though the department claims stop-and-frisk is about firearms, it recovered 729 guns through stop-and-frisk in 2012 and 5,000 people for weed-related offenses.

See the NYCLU’s full analysis, including some helpful graphs, here.