Stop-and-frisk numbers are down… And so is crime

Natasha Lennard writes for Salon: “As the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactic continues to be challenged in a landmark federal court case, new statistics suggest that the controversial and racially skewed practice may not even serve to lower crime rates. According to new figures released by the NYPD, flagged by the Wall Street Journal, the number of stop-and-frisk reports filed by New York City police fell by just over 50 percent in the first three months of this year compared with the same period last year.”