The Rand Corporation, which is reviewing New York Police Department weapons training after the controversial shooting of Sean Bell last November, will also look at the department’s stop-and-frisk tactics, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said yesterday, according to the New York Daily News. Civil- rights advocates have criticized the department for searching more than a half million people last year, saying the tactics amount to harassment and racial profiling.
Rand will look at all the 508,540 stop-and-frisks during its six-month review. Of the 354,571 people stopped by precinct cops, just 13,400 – or about 4% – were arrested. The Daily News found that 78 percent of the people stopped by cops assigned to precincts were black or Hispanic. When Rand conducted a similar review in Cincinnati, it focused on what happened after a person was stopped. “We found that blacks were less likely than whites to be given a citation after getting stopped for the same reason, which could mean that they were stopped for no good reason,” said Dr. Greg Ridgeway, who heads the New York review.