Report: Bias evident in Philly stop-and-frisk practice

It shows a third or more of stops and frisks in the first half of 2015 were made without reasonable suspicion


Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A new report finds evidence of continued racial bias in the stop-and-frisk practices of Philadelphia police despite a 2011 federal consent decree calling for reforms.

The court-ordered report by civil rights lawyers was filed Tuesday in federal court.

It shows a third or more of stops and frisks by Philadelphia police in the first half of 2015 were made without reasonable suspicion. Blacks were the subject of 69 percent of those stops and 57 percent of those frisks even though the population of Philadelphia is only 44 percent black.

What's more, the analysis found frisks of blacks are considerably less likely to turn up anything than those of whites.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross says the report shows the department has work to do.

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