NY AG Reviewing Controversial "Stop and Frisk" Tactic: Report

Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly say they believe the stop-and-frisk program is lowering the city's crime rate

Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012  |  Updated 10:54 AM EDT
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The state Attorney General's Office is reviewing the NYPD's "stop and frisk'' tactic that has drawn criticism from civil liberties advocates, according to a published report.     

The Daily News reports that a "working group'' inside Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office is analyzing records, including racial breakdowns of those subjected to the searches, to determine whether a more expansive analysis is necessary.     

A Schneiderman spokeswoman declined to comment Wednesday.     

Last year, city officers stopped and questioned more than 684,000 people on the streets under the stop-and-frisk program, a record since the NYPD began tallies in 2002.     

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly say they believe the stop-and-frisk program is lowering the city's crime rate.     

Civil rights groups say the tactic unfairly targets people of color.

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