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August 13, 2013

A Roundup of Our Best Posts on Stop-and-Frisk

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Written by: Kelly Virella
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, left to right. Photo courtesy of Flickr/Azipaybarah


e’ve written a lot about stop-and-frisk and racial profiling over the past two years, including some original investigative journalism. 

As you reflect on the court decision ruling that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program was rife with racially profiling, check out some of this stuff.

22,000 Were Arrested For it & It was Perfectly Legal

This is the story of the NYPD’s refusal to stop arresting black and brown people under 3 laws that had been deemed unconstitutional. It’s juicy because the judge that issued yesterday’s ruling was also the judge in this case.

In Europe, Blacks Also Confront Epic Levels of Racial Profiling

New research from the London School of Economics and the Open Society Foundation shows that racial profiling under section 60 has increased over the past few years; in 2011 a black person was 30 times more likely to be stopped by the police under section 60 than a white person. This compared to 27 times more the year before, and 11 times more in 2009. Only 2 percent of these stops  in 2009 and 10 resulted in an arrest and charge, and less than 0.5 percent of the arrests were due to the possession of a dangerous weapon, according to the report. The Metropolitan Police’s own figures concur: between October 2010 and October 2011, police found that the arrest rate under section 60 was 2.3 percent.

Ray Kelly Once Opposed Excessive Stop-and-Frisk

New York Police Department Commissioner Ray Kelly is one of the city’s staunchest supporters of this city’s shot-in-the dark stop-and-frisk program, which stops hundreds of thousands of innocent black and Latino men per year to recover a miniscule amount of guns and drugs. At least 90 percent of those stopped last year were never charged with a crime.

Kelly now maintains that this is a great way to police (and numerous news organizations have debunked his argument). But did you know he didn’t always feel that way?



About the Author

Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


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