The pressure on the New York Police Department to reform its stop-and-frisk program is mounting, led by the New York Civil Liberties Union and other advocates and now the New York Times.
After the NYCLU released a report earlier this month providing a detailed picture of the program, including new insights on its stark racial disparities and its ineffectiveness in recovering illegal firearms, the paper ran this editorial highlighting the findings of the report and calling for reform. Today, the paper followed up with this editorial offering a solution.  
As the ACLU has argued and these editorials reflect, NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program is not only deeply disturbing, it’s also ineffective. In 2003 the NYPD stopped 266 New Yorkers for every gun recovered. In 2011, the Department only recovered one gun for every 879 stops.
In fact, of the 685,724 times the NYPD stopped and interrogated individuals last year, nine out of 10 of them were neither arrested nor ticketed. This means that last year over 600,000 innocent New Yorkers were stopped by police officers as they went about their daily business, interrogated and more often than not frisked in front of their neighbors, and then sent on their way without so much as an apology for having been subjected to this stressful, humiliating experience. Worse still, Blacks and Latinos were far more likely to be stopped than whites (they made up 87 percent of the stops) even though they were less likely to be carrying a weapon.
That’s an awful lot of liberty to give up for a program that doesn’t even make us safer.
States the Times, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly “seems to believe that tinkering at the margins will cure the program’s constitutional flaws. It will not.” Rather, the editorial argues, NYPD officials should put an end to the vague and unlawful criteria used by officers to justify the stops. A “furtive movement,” for instance, or simply being in a “high crime area,” should not be enough to make someone a suspect.
The NYPD should stop violating the rights of hundreds of thousands of people every year and instead turn its attention to fair and effective policing that actually makes us all safer. In other words, it’s time for real reform of the stop-and-frisk program.
If you’re a New Yorker who agrees, join the NYCLU and tens of thousands of people on Father’s Day when we take it to the streets and demand an end to NYPD stop-and-frisk abuse.
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this is b/s

While you liberal fools are so quick to point out how minorities make up a small percentage of the city but are the most often to be stopped and frisked, why don't you mention how blacks and Latinos are over 90% of murder victims and the murder? I suppose the facts would get in the way of your argument. Its very unfortunate but its the truth. They make up a small part of the city, but are a huge part of its criminal system. That is not racism, its groups like the ACLU and the NAACP not leaving people accountable for their own actions. The police are here for a job. To protect the public, the numbers over the past 10 years show that not only are blacks more likely to commit a murder, they are also the most likely to be the victim as well. Black on black crime is worse for the black community then any police officer.


So you would rather talk about the racial aspect of statistics instead of acknowledging that 600,000 New Yorkers have been illegally detained and searched? That's cool b/s, keep your head in the sand.

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