Study Show East Harlem Tops Manhattan Borough In Stop-And-Frisk Searches In 2019

February 12, 2020

The NYPD’s use of its unconstitutional stop-and-frisk policy was more frequent in East Harlem than any other Manhattan neighborhood in 2019, according to a new study conducted by the Legal Aid Society.

The two police precincts that patrol East Harlem — the 23rd and 25th NYPD precincts — conducted 643 total stop-and-frisk searches in 2019, according to NYPD data. Of those 643, 366 occurred in the 23rd precinct and 277 occurred in the 25th.

Only one precinct in the entire city — the 75th in East New York, Brooklyn — logged more stop-and-frisk searches than the 23rd.

Central Harlem’s 32nd precinct was also toward the top of the rankings with 266 stop-and-frisk searches in 2019, according to NYPD data.

Citywide, the number of stop-and-frisks increased by 22 percent in 2019, jumping to 13,459 stops citywide from the historic 2018 low of 11,008.


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The spike shows that the city has not kept its promise of scaling back the practice, which was found to be unconstitutional after a legal challenge in 2013 and disproportionately targets people of color, attorneys with the Legal Aid Society said.

“This data confirms what we hear from our clients on a daily basis — despite court rulings that the city’s practices were unlawful, aggressive stop-and-frisk has made a comeback in New York City,” said Corey Stoughton, Legal Aid’s attorney-in-charge of the Special Litigation Unit. “…What it really represents is a broken promise to New Yorkers who stood up years ago to end ineffective, unfair and unconstitutional police practices.”

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