Father’s Day Stop & Frisk Rally -  June 17, 2012

The NYPD is out of control.

  • Every year, hundreds of thousands of totally innocent people are stopped, interrogated and humiliated by the NYPD for doing nothing more than walking to the subway or going to school.

  • Last year, the NYPD conducted more than 685,000 street stops, a more than 600 percent increase since Mayor Bloomberg’s first year in office.

  • More than 4 million people have been stopped under this administration.

Stop-and-frisk abuse doesn’t work, and by undermining the ability of communities to trust the police, it is actually making us less safe.

  • Nine out of 10 people stopped are totally innocent, meaning they are neither arrested nor ticketed.

  • The massive spike in street interrogations has done little to remove firearms from the streets, the ostensible reason behind the stop-and-frisk regime. No gun is retrieved in 99.9 percent of stops.

  • The proportion of gun seizures to stops has fallen sharply — only 780 guns were confiscated last year, not much more than the 604 guns seized in 2003, when officers made 160,851 stops.

  • Though frisks are to be conducted only when an officer reasonably suspects the person has a weapon that might endanger officer safety, 55.7 percent of those stopped were frisked. Of those frisked, a weapon was found only 1.9 percent of the time.

  • Instead, the wholesale violation of civil rights has sown mistrust between police officers and the communities they are supposed to protect.

o    NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said so himself in 2000: “[A] large reservoir of good will
was under construction when I left the Police Department in 1994. It was called community policing. But it was quickly abandoned for tough-sounding rhetoric and dubious stop-and-frisk tactics that sowed new seeds of community mistrust.”

Stop-and-frisk is discriminatory.

  • Year after year, more than 85 percent of people stopped in New York City are black or Latino.

  • Though they account for only 4.7 percent of the city’s population, black and Latino males between the ages of 14-24 accounted for 41.6 percent of the stops in 2011. Ninety percent of young black and Latino men stopped in 2011 were totally innocent.

  • The number of stops of young black men exceeded the entire city population  of young black men in 2011.

  • Black and Latino New Yorkers were more likely to be frisked than whites and, among those frisked, were less likely to be found with a weapon.



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