Police shown to be profiling

New York Police Department’s use of stop-and-frisk tactics has centered on whether officers engage in racial profiling. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/nyregion/bronx-officers-recording-suggests-race-is-factor-in-stops.html?hp&_r=0 A recording shows that, in at least one precinct, a person’s skin color can be a deciding factor in who is stopped. The way to suppress violent crime, an inspector in a Bronx precinct said, was for officers to stop, question and, if necessary, frisk “the right people at the right time, the right location. The problem was, what, male blacks. And I told you at roll call, and I have no problem telling you this, male blacks 14 to 20, 21.” The authority of the police to use stop-and-frisk tactics is not at issue, but how the Police Department conducts these street interactions — and whether it stops blacks and Hispanics in violation of the Constitution — is the matter at hand. The term “right people” is police code for young black and Hispanic men, who make up an overwhelming share of those stopped.

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