From the newsroom's investigations of police procedure to first-hand accounts from the Radio Rookies and maps from the Data News Team, below are ten of WNYC's best pieces on stop-and-frisk in New York City.
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Using data from the New York City police department, WNYC mapped all street stops by police that resulted in the recovery of a gun last year. The digital map shows an interesting pattern — the areas where the NYPD finds guns are not necessarily the places where the police are devoting the most stop-and-frisk resources.
One in five people stopped last year by NYPD was a teenager between the ages of 14 and 18, according to a WNYC analysis of recently released police data. The data also strongly suggests that a teen male with dark skin in New York City will probably get stopped and frisked by the time he’s graduated from high school.
Five Radio Rookies walked the streets of the Bronx recently to learn more about how residents of the borough, which is 90 percent black and Latino, interact with the police. They then sat down the the city's police commissioner to ask him about community relations.
Stop-and-frisk has been an NYPD tool for decades, but in recent years there has been increased criticism over the number of stops, and more importantly the people targeted for stops — overwhelmingly black or Latino males. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NYPD has defended the practice, saying it has helped get guns off the streets and keep the number of homicides down. WNYC created an interactive look back at the start of the policy, the legal challenges it has faced, as well as how the numbers have increased over time.
Ian Weinstein, professor of law and associate dean for clinical and experiential programs at Fordham University, talks about the details of the Stop and Frisk case, what's at stake, and what we can expect to hear over the coming month during the trial.
One hundred and forty people are arrested for minor drug offenses every day in New York City. WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang reports on a WNYC investigation into whether the high rate of marijuana arrests could be connected to the City's stop-and-frisk policy - and to illegal searches by the police.
See a map below of Stop and Frisk arrests.
A federal judge in Manhattan has ruled that the NYPD acted unconstitutionally when making stops outside certain private apartment buildings in the Bronx. There, officers have to be interviewed before these types of cases proceed. Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson said that’s made a difference.
As the debate over the NYPD's stop-an- frisk tactics continues, so too does the debate over what constitutes reasonable suspicion of criminal activity before an officer can stop someone. Both former and current cops say “reasonable suspicion” may be easy for lawyers and judges to define, but — on the street — deciding when to stop someone can be a difficult judgment call.