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Stop-and-Frisk Trial: NYPD's 'Top Stopper' Stopped Almost All Blacks, Was Never Questioned For It

More evidence is coming in that stop-and-frisk is race-based.

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Despite Dang’s ability to articulate the law, attorneys for the plaintiffs say he struggled to come up with the articulable reasonable suspicion necessary for a stop. His paperwork, they say, suggests so as well. Dang not only uncovered zero weapons, he also made only six arrests (meaning less than 5% of stops led to arrest) and one summons.

“He’s basically wrong 95% of the time, and nobody seemed to care about that,” said Corey, an attorney with the law firm Covington and Burling. When it comes to his descriptions of furtive movements, Corey said, “What it shows is he thinks the documentation of stops is just a formality, and he doesn’t take them seriously.”

“It’s not a big deal to them,” he added, “and they don’t realize this intrusion is a big deal to people they stop.” Nonetheless, “We’ve had witnesses testify that they felt humiliated.”

Kristen Gwynne is an associate editor and drug policy reporter at AlterNet.  Follow her on Twitter: @KristenGwynne

 
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