Stop-And-Frisks Declined by 80 Percent Over the Summer

Stop-And-Frisks Declined by 80 Percent Over the SummerImage via WNYC/Stephen Nessen

The end of the summer marked a sharp decrease in the number of stop-and-frisks in New York City compared to the same time last year. The Associated Press says that from July through September 2012, there were 106,000 stops in the city; during the same period this year, there were just 21,000—an 80 percent drop. This marks a continued downward trend in stops that started last year. 

Furthermore, violent crime in the city has declined with the frequency of stops. As Gothamist mentions, data from the Mayor's Office revealed that there were 79 fewer murders and 263 fewer shootings as of Sunday compared to the same period in 2012. 

As previously mentioned, these shifts come in the wake of Judge Shira A. Shciendlin's ruling that the practice of stop-and-frisk was unconstitutional. The city appealed the decision and Schiendlin was subsequently removed from the case by a panel of judges who claimed that she had violated the U.S. judge's code of conduct by applying a ruling from a related case. 

[via Gothamist and Associated Press]

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