No More Stop & Frisk in DC!

Mayor Bowser & DC Council

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It's time to end this harmful practice in the District!

Stop-and-Frisk does not keep people safe and is rapidly becoming the most discredited policing practice in the United States. Exclusively targeting Black and Brown people, it leads to racially-biased harassment and violent intimidation and disproportionately targets members of our community who are transgender. Stop and frisk does not keep people safe.

Stop-and-Frisk has become code for a mass dragnet of racially-biased harassment aimed at using intimidation as a “crime fighting” tool.

Stop-and-Frisk Does Not Keep People Safe

Studies of the tactic in a wide variety of cities have revealed clear racial bias and extremely low “effectiveness”: most people stopped hadn’t committed any crimes.

Almost 90% of the 5 million people stopped in New York City since 2002 have been completely innocent. Each of those years, at least 80% of those stops were of Black or Brown people.

A report by the Attorney General of New York examined the years 2009-2012 and found that, of 2.4 million stops, only 0.3%  resulted in a jail sentence longer than thirty days. Only 0.1% led to a conviction for a violent crime. Despite the racial disparities in the number of stops, whites who were stopped were 50% more likely to be found with a gun than Blacks.

A study of Chicago’s Stop-and-Frisk program found that people were stopped four times more often than in New York. Black people made up 72% of all stops while representing only 32% of the city's population. A deeper examination of 4 months in 2014 revealed 250,000 stops that did not result in an arrest. Half the reports on stops failed to even list a legal reason for stopping the person.

In Baltimore, police conducted several hundred thousand stops a year from 2010-2015, almost exclusively in lower income Black neighborhoods.  But only 3.7% of these stops resulted in any sort of criminal citation or arrest. In Philadelphia in 2009, just 8.4% of stops lead to any sort of criminal consequences. And in Newark, New Jersey, data from 2014 shows that 78% of people stopped were totally innocent.

We Know Far Too Little About Stop-and-Frisk in DC

Despite being required by law to keep comprehensive data on Stop-and-Frisk, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has so far refused to collect and report this data. Of the limited partial data they have released 83% of all Stops-and-Frisks were of Black residents, who make up less than 48% of DC’s total population.  

DC residents have years of stories of being stopped, followed, and abused by police who routinely violate their civil rights. And while the MPD has claimed to have ended jump out squads, described as “DC’s scarier version of stop and frisk”—which involve heavily armed teams of undercover officers violently searching and arresting anyone deemed suspicious—these tactics have also continued.

What Are the Alternatives?

There is no evidence Stop-and-Frisk is an effective tactic, but more importantly, the very idea of racially exclusive police dragnets is outrageous. The District should take initial steps away from Stop-and-Frisk and:

1 - Ban the use of Stop-and-Frisk by the Metropolitan Police Department, Metro Transit Police, Housing Police, Library Police, DGS Police, Special Police, and all other law enforcement agencies under the authority of the DC government.

2 - Require informed affirmative consent for “consent searches,” and that officers notify people of their right to refuse consent to a search.

3 - Ban any sort of racial profiling or other discriminatory criteria for making stops.

4 - Fulfill the statutory requirement to collect and report all relevant data about stops and searches of all kinds by the Metropolitan Police Department.

5 - Use Stop-and-Frisk data and use-of-force reports to terminate officers who have a record of excessive force, harassment, violence, and/or show race-based patterns of behavior.

It's time to end this harmful and racially-biased practice in DC.

#NoMoreStopAndFrisk!

Learn more and get involved at www.sptdc.com/nomorestopandfrisk.

To: Mayor Bowser & DC Council
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Stop-and-Frisk does not keep people safe and is rapidly becoming the most discredited policing practice in the United States. Exclusively targeting Black and Brown people, it leads to racially-biased harassment and violent intimidation and disproportionately targets members of our community who are transgender​. Stop and frisk does not keep people safe.

It's time to end this harmful practice in the District!

Stop-and-Frisk has become code for a mass dragnet of racially-biased harassment aimed at using intimidation as a “crime fighting” tool.

Stop-and-Frisk Does Not Keep People Safe

Studies of the tactic in a wide variety of cities have revealed clear racial bias and extremely low “effectiveness”: most people stopped hadn’t committed any crimes.

Almost 90% of the 5 million people stopped in New York City since 2002 have been completely innocent. Each of those years, at least 80% of those stops were of Black or Brown people.

A report by the Attorney General of New York examined the years 2009-2012 and found that, of 2.4 million stops, only 0.3% resulted in a jail sentence longer than thirty days. Only 0.1% led to a conviction for a violent crime. Despite the racial disparities in the number of stops, whites who were stopped were 50% more likely to be found with a gun than Blacks.

A study of Chicago’s Stop-and-Frisk program found that people were stopped four times more often than in New York. Black people made up 72% of all stops while representing only 32% of the city's population. A deeper examination of 4 months in 2014 revealed 250,000 stops that did not result in an arrest. Half the reports on stops failed to even list a legal reason for stopping the person.

In Baltimore, police conducted several hundred thousand stops a year from 2010-2015, almost exclusively in lower income Black neighborhoods. But only 3.7% of these stops resulted in any sort of criminal citation or arrest. In Philadelphia in 2009, just 8.4% of stops lead to any sort of criminal consequences. And in Newark, New Jersey, data from 2014 shows that 78% of people stopped were totally innocent.

We Know Far Too Little About Stop-and-Frisk in DC

Despite being required by law to keep comprehensive data on Stop-and-Frisk, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) has so far refused to collect and report this data. Of the limited partial data they have released 83% of all Stops-and-Frisks were of Black residents, who make up less than 48% of DC’s total population.

DC residents have years of stories of being stopped, followed, and abused by police who routinely violate their civil rights. And while the MPD has claimed to have ended jump out squads, described as “DC’s scarier version of stop and frisk”—which involve heavily armed teams of undercover officers violently searching and arresting anyone deemed suspicious—these tactics have also continued.

What Are the Alternatives?

There is no evidence Stop-and-Frisk is an effective tactic, but more importantly, the very idea of racially exclusive police dragnets is outrageous. The District should take initial steps away from Stop-and-Frisk and:

1 - Ban the use of Stop-and-Frisk by the Metropolitan Police Department, Metro Transit Police, Housing Police, Library Police, DGS Police, Special Police, and all other law enforcement agencies under the authority of the DC government.

2 - Require informed affirmative consent for “consent searches,” and that officers notify people of their right to refuse consent to a search.

3 - Ban any sort of racial profiling or other discriminatory criteria for making stops.

4 - Fulfill the statutory requirement to collect and report all relevant data about stops and searches of all kinds by the Metropolitan Police Department.

5 - Use Stop-and-Frisk data and use-of-force reports to terminate officers who have a record of excessive force, harassment, violence, and/or show race-based patterns of behavior.

It's time to end this harmful and racially-biased practice in DC.

#NoMoreStopAndFrisk!