NYPD Stop-and-Frisks Fall in 2014: Report

The numbers through the first three months of the year are slightly up from the same period ending 2013

Stop-and-frisks in the first quarter of the year have dropped nearly 86 percent compared with the same time period in 2013, according to published reports.

The Wall Street Journal reports that NYPD officers conducted 14,261 stops between Jan. 1 and March 31, compared with 99,788 in that span in 2013.

The numbers represent the first full quarter of data under Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor de Blasio.

This year's numbers do show a small spike against the final three months of Mayor Bloomberg’s administration, when police conducted 12,495 such stops. Stops have been declining since 2012, according to the Journal.

The racial makeup of those stopped didn’t change much from last year, the Journal reports. Black New Yorkers accounted for about 54 percent of those stopped, compared with 56 percent in 2013. Hispanics also made up about 29 percent of those stopped, compared with 30 percent last year.

The controversial policy, where officers were told to stop people for supposed suspicious activity, peaked in 2011 under Bloomberg and then-Commissioner Raymond Kelly. That year, 686,000 people were stopped, the Journal reports, and a series of lawsuits were filed.

De Blasio campaigned on ending the stop-and-frisk, which critics say unfairly targets young black and Hispanic men. He also filed paperwork to drop a civil appeal filed under the Bloomberg administration after a judge ruled the practice unconstitutional.

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