Data Show Drop in Police Frisks
New York police stopped, questioned and sometimes frisked people 150,000 times in the first three months of the year, about 12.5% fewer times than the same period last year, according to data released by the New York Police Department…The racial breakdowns of those stopped remained about constant. New York Civil Liberties Union associate legal director Chris Dunn said the group continues to be concerned with the “wide racial disparities” between blacks and whites. This year, almost 80,000 of the people stopped were black, more than half the total; blacks make up about a quarter of the city’s population. About 9% of the stops were whites, who comprise 44% of the city.