Stop And Frisks In NYC Reach 5 Million Mark

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The Rev. Al Sharpton, center, walks with demonstrators during a silent march to end the "stop-and-frisk" program in New York last June. (AP Photo)
News Americas Now, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Mar. 15, 2013: Stop and frisks by New York City Police officers of mostly black and Latino New Yorkers reached a whopping five million on Thursday, March 14th, the New York Civil Liberties Union disclosed.

The news comes as protests continued last night over the police shooting death of Caribbean American teen, Kimani Gray. About 4.4 million of the stops, or 88 percent, were of completely innocent people as they didn’t result in an arrest or a ticket while more than 86 percent of people stopped were black or Latino, said Donna Lieberman, executive director, of the NYCLU.

“The NYPD’s abusive and discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices have violated the constitutional rights of millions of people and corroded trust between police and communities of color across New York City,” said Lieberman.

The group said the number in NYC under Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s watch is more stop-and-frisk encounters than the combined populations of Baltimore, Boston, Denver, Seattle, Detroit, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Pittsburgh.

On Monday, a landmark federal trial led by the Center for Constitutional Rights begins a major challenge to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk abuses. Shortly thereafter, the NYCLU will argue for effective remedies to the systemic abuses that have been found in the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program in private apartment buildings.