NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYPD's old 'stop and frisk' tactic to reduce crime is employed much less than it used to be, but the New York Civil Liberties Union says it still happens too often.
A report by the federal monitor shows that such stops were down to less than 12,000 in 2017, after reaching 658,000 in 2011.
The NYCLU noted another finding; that not all stops are documented as required.
Executive Director Donna Lieberman concluded that to be 'black or Hispanic in New York City is to be targeted by the NYPD.' She said that's especially true for young men and boys.
Deputy Police Commissioner Phil Awlzak says "the decline in stops reflects the deliberate shift in NYPD strategic focus over the past several years... to precise, surgical, targeting of crimes and criminals."
He said the end result is a safer city with fewer 'confrontational encounters' between cops and New Yorkers.