NYPD Stops And Frisks 500,000 In 2008

January 16th, 2009 | Posted in News, Opinion, Security | 4 Comments

That’s right. It seems that in 2008, the NYPD’s tendency to stop, question and frisk people for one reason or another, that this has meant half a million people or more.

The rate that this is increasing doesn’t look like any kind of linear motion, it seems a lot closer to being nearly exponential at times.

What’s really “special” about this is two details that strike me as more than a bit tellig.

1. Of that number, roughly 80% of the people stopped were black or Hispanic and that these people were much more likely to have physical force used on them in the process.

2. According to the Center for Constitutional Rights, “of the cumulative number of stops made since 2005, only 2.6 percent resulted in the discovery of a weapon.”

Seems to me that when you’re getting results that low, something is genuinely out of whack with your choice of people to stop.

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4 Responses to “NYPD Stops And Frisks 500,000 In 2008”


  1. I don’t know whether to be glad that I’m white, or ashamed of the police procedure involved.

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  2. I’ll just say that I think NYPD is abusing it’s powers to say the least and that I’m VERY glad that I don’t live in New York.


  3. Your assertion that 80% of the stops were of ‘non-white’ ethnicity is quantified how?  As far as I am aware, the NYPD neither records ethnicity of these quick stops nor does it record the numbers.  I’m assuming that you are using a polling or complaint based number here.  If whites were less likely to protest under the blanket of racial profiling, how can this number be quantified?  I could make up any number and insert it here – all without citing a credible source.


  4. Actually, *I* didn’t assert it at all.  The information came from a CBS News story which you can reach from the first link in the post.

    *I* only repeated something from their story and added my own opinion on the matter. 

    when you’re getting results that low, something is genuinely out of whack with your choice of people to stop

    If you disagree with the figures in question, I suggest you take it up with CBS News and / or the NYPD.