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Stop-and-Frisk in the de Blasio Era

by Christopher Dunn; Michelle Shames

Mar 1, 2019

This report examines the stop-and-frisk program during the first four years of the de Basio Administration. 

  • Of the 92,383 recorded stops between 2014 and 2017, 49,362 (53 percent) were of black people.
  • Stops of black and Latino people accounted for more than half of all stops in 73 out of 77 precincts.
  • Regardless of neighborhood composition, and the declining number of stops annually, black and Latino people remain disproportionately targeted by the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices.
  • Young black males between the ages of 14 and 24 who represent two percent of the city’s population, account for 25 percent of reported stops.
  • Of 60,583 frisks, 33,925 were conducted during stops of black people.
  • In each of the four years between 2014 and 2017, compared to white people stopped, black and Latino people stopped were also more likely to be frisked, and among those frisked, were less likely to be found with a weapon. Of black and Latino people stopped, 68 percent were frisked, while over 54 percent of white people stopped were frisked. Yet, a weapon was found on just six percent of black and Latino people frisked, compared to a weapon being found on nine percent of white people frisked.
  • Considering that people of color who were frisked were less likely to be carrying a weapon, this indicates that race remains a biasing factor in officers’ decisions to conduct a frisk.