May 12, 2014, New York – In response to the NYPD’s release today of its complete stop-and-frisk data for 2013, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued the following statement:
While the total number of stops and frisks decreased in 2013, the racial disparities remain essentially the same, and the percentage of stops that included frisks actually increased approximately 10 percent for Blacks and Latinos. This underscores the need to begin the collaborative reform process as soon as possible. Now that the City has taken steps to dismiss its appeal in Floyd v. City of New York, the only thing standing in the way of beginning those reforms is the police unions’ attempt to intervene in the case and undo the district court’s landmark ruling. It is time for the unions to get on the right side of history and stop holding up reforms that everyone – including the NYPD itself – is eager to get under way. Even one unconstitutional stop-and-frisk is too many.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change.