Chicago surpasses NYC in police street stops

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Chicago police made street stops at a far higher rate than New York City police last summer. That’s according to a report released by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.

The analysis shows that police in the city stopped African-Americans at a disproportionately higher rate than Hispanics and whites, according to the Chicago Tribune. New York City’s police department faced a wave of controversy over its stop-and-frisk policy, a practice that has been deemed racist and discriminatory by civil rights activists and social justice groups.

More than a quarter of a million stops took place from last May through August, according to the report. None of the stops resulted in arrest. The ACLU referred to the numbers as “a troubling sign” of an illegal police enforced by the department.

“For young men of color, it becomes just basically everyday street harassment that they learn to live with,” said ACLU Director Harvey Grossman. “Young black and brown men are so used to getting stopped in the city, they really don’t complain about it with the intensity that you would think. It’s become pretty commonplace on the South and West sides of our city.”

Compared to Chicago, New York City police made roughly 192,500 stops without arrests during the same four-month period in 2011, the year the city recorded its highest number of stop-and-frisks. At one point, a federal judge deemed the controversial policy unconstitutional.

Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s spokesman, Marty Maloney, said the department prohibits racial profiling and other policing based on race. According to Maloney, the department has improved training to ensure officers abide by those restrictions.

According to the report, African-Americans were most often stopped when walking or standing on street corners. Police in Chicago stopped 182,048 African-Americans during the hottest part of the year. The number accounts for 72 percent of all street stops.

The rate of stops in Chicago averaged 93.6 per 1,000 people, more than four times that of New York’s highest rate of 22.9 per 1,000, the report said.