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Stop and Frisk is a Huge Problem in Newark

New data examined by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey reveals that stop and frisk is more than 10 times as common in Newark as it is in New York City.

WNYC reports that in the past six months, the New York Police Department stopped eight out of every 1000 residents, while Newark police stopped 91 out of 1000 residents, according to an ACLU-NJ report.

Seventy-five percent of the people stopped in Newark were black, although black people make up just 52 percent of the city’s population. Only 25 percent of the people stopped actually ended up receiving a summons or being arrested.

“Several disturbing patterns have emerged that raise constitutional red flags about the Newark Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices,” said Udi Ofer, ACLU-NJ’s executive director, in a statement. “Specifically, our report raises concerns about the high volume of stops, racial disparities in who is getting stopped and the fact that the vast majority of stops appear to be of innocent people.”

In August, opponents of stop and frisk praised the Newark Police Department for its decision to begin releasing monthly stop-and-frisk reports to the public, making it the first police department in the country to do so.

The decision came just days after Shira Scheindlin, a federal judge, ruled the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics unconstitutional, saying that officers targeted blacks and Latinos without reasonable suspicion, and that they were pressured to make such stops by superiors.

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