The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices raise serious concerns over how the police treat the people they’re supposed to protect. The Department’s own reports on its stop-and-frisk activity confirm what many people in communities of color across the city have long known: The police continue to target, stop, and frisk people of color, especially young black and Latino men and boys, the vast majority of whom have done nothing wrong.

The NYCLU’s 2011 lawsuit, along with other litigation, helped curb the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program. Today, the number of stops are just a fraction of what they were at their peak, though troubling racial disparities remain. The NYCLU continues to monitor, analyze, and shape stop-and-frisk practices through data analyses, advocating for legislation to bring more transparency to policing practices, and working in coalition with community partners.

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