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CCR's has published a new factsheet on NYPD Stop and Frisk Statistics from 2009 and 2010. Click here to access it.


 

On September 9, 2008, the United States District Court in Manhattan ordered the New York Police Department (NYPD) to provide all of its UF-250, or “stop-and-frisk,” data from 1998 through the first half of 2008 to the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the NYPD failed to prove that the law enforcement privilege protects the NYPD from having its questionable stop-and-frisk practices exposed to public scrutiny and further, that all of the data, other than personal identifying information of police officers and persons stopped, could be made available to the public.

The order was the result of a discovery request, served on the City of New York in April 2008, seeking production of the data as part of an ongoing civil rights lawsuit filed on January 31, 2008. CCR filed the lawsuit on behalf of plaintiffs who allege they were illegally stopped and frisked on one or more occasions by NYPD officers without reasonable suspicion and because of their race. The lawsuit, Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al.,filed, alleges that the NYPD engages in racial profiling and suspicionless stop-and-frisks of law-abiding New York City residents. The named plaintiffs in the litigation - David Floyd, Lalit Clarkson, David Ourlicht and Deon Dennis - represent hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who over the past several years have been stopped on the way to work, in front of their homes or just walking down the street without any cause, primarily because of their race or ethnicity.

The full report is attached here (below); graphs and analysis are also available here, on the CCR website.