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Stop-and-Frisk Procedures Jump 22 Percent in 2019

The Legal Aid Society condemned the New York City Police Department (NYPD) for conducting, according to data released by the NYPD itself, 2,451 more stop-and-frisk procedures in 2019 than it conducted in 2018 – an increase of 22 percent. A staggering 90 percent of those stops involved New Yorkers of color. Additionally, 65 percent resulted in neither an arrest nor the issuance of a summons, according to the New York Daily News.

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who campaigned on a promise to end stop-and-frisk, has repeatedly claimed that the practice is no more. However, the City’s own data confirms just the opposite.

“This data confirms what we hear from our clients on a daily basis — despite court rulings that the city’s practices were unlawful, aggressive stop-and-frisk has made a comeback in New York City. This is an alarming trend at the beginning of Commissioner Dermot Shea’s tenure, but not surprising as he is a long-time champion of discredited broken windows policing,” said Corey Stoughton, Attorney-in-Charge of the Special Litigation Unit with The Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice.