NYPD Street Stops Study

NEW YORK (AP) _ A national Latino law enforcement group is
picking apart the findings of an arrest study involving the New
York City Police Department.

RAND Corporation, an outside research group, reported that the
NYPD showed no clear racial bias in its aggressive
"stop-and-frisk'' policy.

More than half the people stopped last year were black; 29
percent were Hispanic and 11 percent were white.

The study acknowledges nonwhite pedestrians were far more likely
to be stopped. But, researchers say those statistics should be
compared to the racial distribution of people arrested, not the
general population. Under those conditions, researchers say there
are only "small racial differences.''

But the National Latino Officers Association of America accuses
the study of being ``comprised of endless excuses'' and
"statistical justifications.''

The group charges that if the findings go unchallenged ``it is
the justification for racial profiling, abuse and discrimination.''

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