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Number of people stopped by police on the streets of New York soars


February 04, 2007
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Number of people stopped by police on the streets of New York soars

By AL BAKER and EMILY VASQUEZ
The New York Times

The New York Police Department released new information yesterday showing that police officers stopped 508,540 individuals on New York City streets last year — an average of 1,393 stops per day — often searching them for illegal weapons. The number was up from 97,296 in 2002, the last time the department divulged 12 months’ worth of data.

The report on so-called stop-and-frisks by the police was released Friday.
After inquiries by the City Council and civil rights advocates, the department delivered four bound volumes of statistics to the Council in midafternoon. The raw data showed that more than half of those stopped last year were black: an average of 67,000 per quarter. Full Story: NYPD




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