Stop and Frisk Myths Debunked

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  • Debunking NYPD's Controversial Tactic
  • Myth #1: All Cops Have a Reason to Stop and Frisk You
  • Myth #2: Stop-and-Frisk Reduces Crime
  • Myth #3: Stop-and-Frisks Lead to Arrests
  • Myth #4: Minorities Are Only Targeted for Stops Because of Race
  • Myth #5: Stop-and-Frisk Makes Citizens Feel Safer
  • Myth #6: NYPD Supervisors Say They Don’t Set Arrest Quotas

Debunking NYPD's Controversial Tactic

Since its inception, the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk program has been under scrutiny for disproportionately targeting African-Americans and Latinos. The trial challenging the program concluded in May and a New York federal judge is deciding its future. Discussion Papers, released by the Urban Institute Roundtable, debunks the many myths attached to the tactic. — Natelege Whaley (Photo: GettyImages)

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