Colorado police officers stop tens of thousands of people for suspicious behavior each year and often frisk them for weapons during street interrogations, yet their departments provide little information about who is being stopped or why, says the Denver Post. Some are not even collecting the type of information that led a judge to rule this month that New York’s stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutionally targeted minorities.
Among Colorado’s five largest cities, only Colorado Springs and Aurora provided demographic information to the paper about “field-interview reports” on everything from disturbances to suspicious persons. The data from both cities show that black residents are stopped and questioned three to four times more often than their population demographics would suggest. Denver police, once required by law to keep information on each stop-and-frisk, including the race of the person stopped, no longer does so.