Don’t Forget Your NYPD Stop-and-Frisk Receipt

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This is a new form cops will have to give people they stop but don't arrest. Stop and Frisk. NYPD police
This is a new form cops will have to give people they stop but don't arrest. Stop and Frisk. NYPD police

At the recommendation of the federal monitor assigned to the NYPD, police officers have begun issuing “receipts” to people they question and/or frisk but don’t arrest. The short “What Is A Stop?” form requires a cop to provide his or her name and badge number, as well as a reason for the stop in question. Explanation options include “concealing or possessing a weapon,” “engaging in a drug transaction,” “proximity to the scene of a crime,” “matches a specific suspect description,” “acting as a lookout,” “casing a victim or location,” and, of course, “other.”

Meanwhile, the New York Daily News reports:

In addition, a Sept. 21 internal NYPD order underscores that two factors police were previously able to cite — a suspect making a furtive movement or being in a high crime area — are not cause enough for a stop.

And in the strongest acknowledgment that racial profiling is a problem, the order says people can’t be stopped “because they are members of a racial or ethnic group that appears more frequently in local crime suspect data.”

The number of stop-and-frisks has decreased dramatically since the tail end of the Bloomberg administration, when complaints about the policy finally led to a judge finding its implementation unconstitutional. According to the ACLU, the NYPD made 685,724 stops in 2011; there were only 13,604 in the first two quarters of 2015. Still, those subjected to the practice are advised to keep their receipts.