A large police department survey of New York City residents found that the more times a person is stopped by an officer, their favorable view of local law-enforcement authorities plummets, the Wall Street Journal reports. The survey of 17,340 residents by the company Haystaq DNA found that 24 percent of respondents reported being stopped by police at least once in the past year. People who were stopped once, regardless of the reason or result, were 25 percent less likely to say the NYPD is doing a good job. For people stopped more than once, their job approval of the police department dropped 59 percent.
The findings show the impact street stops have on the relationship between the police and the people they protect, especially in minority communities. Last year, a federal judge ruled that stops that result in a frisk of the person were unconstitutional because they disproportionately targeted minorities who didn't do anything wrong. There is a wide division between white people and other races, such as African-Americans and Hispanics, when it comes to police conduct during the stops, the survey found. When asked if police adequately explained why they were last stopped, 29 percent of African-Americans and 25 percent of Hispanics said they “strongly disagree.” Seventeen percent of whites gave the same answer.