Thursday, February 12, 2009

NYPD stopped, frisked record numbers in 2008

News Report from The Associated Press, 2/11/2009

NEW YORK (AP) — Newly released figures show New York City police stopped, questioned and frisked a record-high 531,159 people last year.

The New York Civil Liberties Union released the NYPD data Wednesday. The number was more than 13 percent higher than in 2007.

An earlier study by a separate group projected the 2008 figure would be slightly higher than the newly released number.

The new data show 51 percent of those stopped were black, 32 percent were Hispanic and 11 percent were white.

The NYCLU says a disproportionate number of people stopped are minorities. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne says the NYCLU neglected to note that minorities constitute the vast majority of reported crime victims, and police respond where crimes occur.

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