New York City police officers used some level of physical force in more than one in five stop and frisks in the city last year — and that rate was more than doubled in the West Bronx, according to an analysis by the New York Times.
Physical force included being slammed against walls, forced to the ground, or having a gun pointed at the person being stopped.
Few of these stop and frisks led to actual arrests, leading many to question whether they were necessary.
Police spokesman Paul Browne dismissed the Times' findings, saying that police are required to report every time they put their hands on a suspect, even during a frisk or to "guide a suspect to the sidewalk."
With the Associated Press