Stop-And-Frisk At The Oscars Poll: Eight Blacks Out Of Ten Offended

CALIFORNIA (March 31, 2022)— a study was conducted by the ACLU and ACLU of the District of Columbia to analyze the stop-and-frisk “data collected by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has revealed that Black people compose 72% of those stopped in the District despite making up 46% of the D.C. population. The report analyzed MPD data collected between July 22, 2019 and December 31, 2019, yielding data on over 62,000 stops, or approximately one stop every four minutes during the five-month period.  

The report found that:

  • Only 0.8% of all stops, and only 2% of non-traffic stops, led to the seizure of any weapon, including guns
  • The vast majority of people who experienced the least justifiable subset of stops were Black. For example, MPD officers made 11,045 stops that did not end in a warning, ticket, or arrest, a category that almost certainly includes stops of people who were engaged in innocent conduct. Of the people who experienced these stops, 86% were of Black people. And of the people who were searched during one of these stops, 91% were Black.  
  • Black youths made up 89% of the people under 18 who were stopped and were stopped at 10 times the rate of their white peers.

“Our analysis shows that MPD’s stop practices are highly ineffective and potentially violate the constitutional rights of Black people in the District on a daily basis,” said Monica Hopkins, Executive Director, ACLU of the District of Columbia. “This is unacceptable. The D.C. Council must reject Mayor Bowser’s requested $18.5 million increase to MPD’s budget for FY2021, and invest those funds in programs that are proven to enhance public safety such violence prevention and intervention efforts.”

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Oscars Stop-And-Frisk Joke Poll:

Our new polls reveal that Blacks were offended by the frisking joke at the Oscars. Eight out of ten Blacks polled said that the stop-and-frisk joke was distasteful.

Former Presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, “shortly before he announced his presidential bid, he apologized for his role in promoting the policy, which eroded trust of the police in black and Latino neighborhoods,” according to the New York Times.

“Our focus was on saving lives,” he said during a speech at a black church in Brooklyn. “But the fact is: Far too many innocent people were being stopped.”

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Among blacks polled, about half said blacks were treated less fairly than whites in the justice system  (54%). 

More than five decades after the Civil Rights Movement and after Martin Luther King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech in Washington, D.C., the Pew Research Center  found “that fewer than half (45%) of all Americans say the country has made substantial progress toward racial equality and about the same share (49%) say that “a lot more” remains to be done.”

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Source: PEW, ACLU and New York Times contributed to the article.

Poll: the poll was conducted between Monday, March 28, 2022 until Tuesday, March 29, 2022. 

The full report is available here: https://www.acludc.org/sites/default/files/2020_06_15_aclu_stops_report_final.pdf

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