Study Says Half of NYC Stop-and-Frisk Arrests Are Dismissed, Offenses Minor


Almost half of New York City police stop-and-frisk arrests are dismissed and any convictions obtained are overwhelmingly for minor, nonviolent offenses, says New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, according to the Wall Street Journal. The police department disputed the conclusions, saying the conviction rate for people arrested after they were stopped and frisked on the street mirrored that for people arrested otherwise. Schneiderman said his report, covering 150,000 arrests from 2.4 million stops, marked the first time the results of stop-and-frisk arrests had been studied.

The arrests—which overwhelmingly involved black and Hispanic men—resulted in a 51 percent conviction rate. Forty percent of the convictions were for so-called quality-of-life offenses such as disorderly conduct and graffiti. Schneiderman said the analysis “has broad implications for law enforcement both in New York City and across the state.” Police spokesman John McCarthy said “the report makes claims with respect to the disposition of stops that result in arrest, but then acknowledges failing to analyze or compare the outcomes of SQF [stop, question and frisk] arrests to the outcomes of non-SQF cases.”

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