According to NBC New York, the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” program has hit an all-time high; a whopping 684,330 people stopped in 2011 alone.
This is a 14 percent increase over 2010.
About half of those stopped are actually frisked. Of those individuals, only 12 percent were actually charged with anything.
Obviously, activists and community members are outraged by the policy, alleging that it is both racist and an abuse of power on the part of the NYPD.
“Civil-rights advocates claim the practice unfairly targets innocent blacks and other people of color, and that many stops are made without proper cause.
The department calls the tactic an essential crime-fighting tool. “
At this point, is the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” program even remotely justified?
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