NEW YORK - Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has released a report focusing on the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy.
The report looked at roughly 150,000 stop-and-frisk arrests over a three-year period.
The data focuses on things like the number of arrests, duration of jail time and racial disparities of those who were stopped. According to the numbers, about 3 percent of all those stopped were arrested, and half of those arrests resulted in a criminal conviction.
It also found that most of those convictions were for nonviolent crimes like graffiti and drug possession. Of the arrests, 2 percent of those stopped and convicted were charged with carrying a weapon.
The report shows that half of the people stopped were black men, one-third were Hispanic and one in 10 were white. The New York Civil Liberties Union held a press conference with local political leaders to ask Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio to look at the report's figures and make changes to the stop-and-frisk practice.
The NYCLU also released a scathing 24-page report blasting the Bloomberg administration and the police department on the program, claiming that it unfairly targets minorities.
In response to the attorney general's report, NYPD spokesperson John McCarthy said police are allowed to stop those who they believe will commit a violent crime, and the analysis in the report ignores situations where the officer's actions prevented a crime.