Tuesday, May 26, 2009

NYPD's Stop-and-Frisks At An All-Time High

The New York Police Department has stopped and frisked a record number of people in New York in the first quarter of 2009. According to The Gothamist, collected data has shown that: "The NYPD stopped and searched more innocent people during the first three months of 2009 than during any three month period since police began collecting data on the program."

The released statistics state that New York police officers stopped and questioned 171,094 residents between January and March 2009. More than 151,000 of those stopped did not receive any charges. 145,000 of the New Yorkers who were stopped and questioned by the police were Black and Latino.

The NYPD is collecting personal data on everyone they stop. According to a New York Civil Liberties Union representative, this information is being compiled in a giant database.

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