On July 26, 2012, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released, “Stop and Frisk – The Human Impact: The Stories Behind the Numbers, the Effects on our Communities,” a report documenting the human impact of the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) stop and frisk practice.
Stop and frisk is the practice by which a police officer initiates a stop of an individual on the street allegedly based on reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. Stops and frisks do not reduce crime and occur at an alarming rate in communities of color, who often feel under siege and harassed by the police. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) has long been active in the movement to address racial profiling, particularly in New York City. CCR engages in advocacy and organizing efforts to address discrimination, misconduct, and abuse by the police through the Communities United for Police Reform campaign. Additionally, CCR filed Floyd, et al. v. City of New York, et al., a federal class action lawsuit against the NYPD and the City of New York that successfully challenged the NYPD’s practices of racial profiling and unconstitutional stops and frisks.