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Study Finds Stop-and-Frisk Yields Relatively Few Guns

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A Columbia professor testifying in the ongoing trial over the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program said that by his count in a study of 4.4 million street stops, the tactic led to just 5,940 guns seized. That’s one for every thousand people stopped between 2004 and 2012, according to the New York Daily News. “The NYPD hit rate is far less than what you would achieve by chance,” Professor Jeffrey Fagan said in court. The News quoted NYPD spokesman Paul Browne, who said the department had seized 7,000 to 8,000 guns in the last decade. Not a side-by-side comparison.

Study Finds Stop-and-Frisk Yields Few Guns