Stop and Frisk Myths Debunked

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  • 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
  • Myth #1: All Cops Have a Reason to Stop and Frisk You

Myth #4: Minorities Are Only Targeted for Stops Because of Race

The Truth: The more crime in an area, the more likely Blacks were the target of stop-and-frisk. Blacks in New York City were stopped at a rate 20-30 percent less than their representation in crime suspect descriptions, and arrest data and suspect descriptions showed that police stopped minority populations in a manner informed by crime concentrations.

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