ACLU: Newark police abusing stop-and-frisk

Feb. 25, 2014 at 3:32 PM
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NEWARK, N.J., Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A report by the American Civil Liberties Union says police in Newark, N.J., are using a stop-and-frisk policy with "troubling frequency" against blacks.

The controversial policing technique that permits officers to frisk individuals even though there is no reason to suspect they have committed a crime is being use considerably more frequently in Newark than in neighboring New York City, the report says. In New York, police record show officers frisk 24 people out of every 1,000 they encounter. In Newark, that number jumps to 91 in 1,000.

Additionally, the report states, of those stopped, 75 percent are black, though blacks make up just 52 percent of the population. The remainder of those stopped are listed as Caucasian, though it does not delineate between whites and Latinos, meaning the number of white people actually stopped is likely over-inflated, meaning minorities are bearing the overwhelming brunt of the city's stop-and-frisk policy, the ACLU said.

"Newark police officers use stop-and-frisk with troubling frequency," the report states.

The ACLU said just 25 percent of those stopped are charged with a crime or issued a summons.

The group used police reports made public from the last half of 2013.

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