Using data from the NYPD, New York radio station WNYC mapped all street stops by police that resulted in the recovery of a gun last year. The digital map shows that areas where guns are found are not the places where police are aggressively stopping and frisking thousands of Black and Latino residents, most of whom have done absolutely nothing wrong.
New York City ColorOfChange members have called upon Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to immediately end the discriminatory Stop and Frisk program. The mayor and commissioner continue to defend the controversial program, claiming it gets guns off the streets and saves lives. But out of the nearly 700,000 stops in New York City last year, less than 2 percent resulted in the seizure of a gun. Nearly 90 percent of those stopped were Black or Latino.
Stop and Frisk erodes community trust in law enforcement, undermining safe, effective and professional police practices. New Yorkers know much is at stake and many have experienced first-hand how the policy threatens our civil liberties. If you haven't already joined the campaign, please do so here.