NYPD: Number of 'stop and frisks' has declined

The number of people getting stopped and frisked by police in the city and Brooklyn has declined, according to the NYPD.

The NYPD says in the second quarter of 2007, the number of people stopped by cops dropped by about 12 percent. That number is compared to the same time last year.

According to the NY Times, 113,945 people were stopped by police from April to June of 2007, with 6 percent of those arrested. The amount arrested has increased, says the NY Times. The paper says of those detained, 53 percent were black, 32 percent were Hispanic, 12 percent were white and 3 percent were Asian. The NYPD says those numbers are on par with descriptions of crime suspects.

However, the NY Times says civil rights groups disagree with the police department?s assessment and says more people are stopped and frisked in high-crime areas. The paper says the number of summonses issued during police stops also has gone up.

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