NYCLU says stop-and-frisk racial disparities have persisted

March 14, 2019

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Civil Liberties Union says young black and Latino men are still being stopped and frisked by New York City police officers at disproportionate rates even as the number of stops by police has declined.

An NYCLU report released Thursday says black and Latino males between 14 and 24 years of age accounted for 38 percent of reported police stops between 2014 and 2017. But that group is just 5 percent of the city’s population.

The total number of police stops has fallen from a high of 685,724 in 2011 to 11,629 in 2017.

Curbing routine police stops was one of Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2013 campaign issues.

Asked about the report, de Blasio said the 94 percent drop in police stops should be kept in perspective.

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