In 1999, when many of us were protesting the killing of Amadou Diallo, the NYPD performed 80,000 stop-and-frisks. Last year they conducted almost 700,000. This year they are reportedly on pace to do 800,000.
Nearly 90 percent of those stopped and frisked by the NYPD have been people of color. Approximately 90 percent of those are so completely innocent they do not even receive a ticket. 99.9 percent do not have a gun — Mayor Bloomberg’s primary reason for the stop-and-frisk program.
Mayor Bloomberg’s massive street-level racial profiling program is a civil and human rights catastrophe that both hurts our children and makes our communities less safe. Every year, hundreds of thousands of innocent New Yorkers and visitors to the city are needlessly targeted for physical searches and public humiliation because of their skin color.