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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Corp To Review NY's Stop-and-Frisk Tactics

From nydailynews: The high-powered consulting firm hired to review NYPD weapons training after the controversial shooting of Sean Bell will also scrutinize the department's stop-and-frisk tactics, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said yesterday.

Civil rights advocates have criticized the NYPD for searching more than a half million people last year, saying the tactics amount to harassment and racial profiling.

Kelly defended the tactics yesterday, but added, "We thought it was important to have a separate, independent review."

The Rand Corp. will look at all the 508,540 stop-and-frisks during its six-month review, Kelly said. Of the 354,571 people stopped by precinct cops, just 13,400 - or about 4% - were arrested, the Daily News revealed in a Feb. 19 report. The News, using data the NYPD released to the City Council, also found that 78% of the people stopped by cops assigned to precincts were black or Hispanic.

When Rand conducted a similar review of stop-and-frisk tactics in Cincinnati, it focused on what happened after a person was stopped.

"We found that blacks were less likely than whites to be given a citation after getting stopped for the same reason, which could mean that they were stopped for no good reason," said Dr. Greg Ridgeway, who is also heading the NYPD review. Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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