New data shows the New York City police department conducted 86 percent fewer stop and frisks during the first quarter of this year, compared to the same time perioid in 2013.

The Wall Street Journal reports there were 14,261 stops between January 1st and March 31st of this year.  During the first quarter of last year, there were 99,788 stops.

However, the number of stops during the first three months of this year were higher than the final three months of 2013.  There were 12,495 stops for the final months that Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in office and Ray Kelly was police commissioner.

The number of stops hit a high of 686,000 in 2011.

Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to reform stop and frisk during his mayoral campaign, and the tactic has also been the subject of a court battle.

Last August, a U.S. District judge ruled that the stops were unconstitutional and ordered a federal monitor to oversee the program.  Mayor Bloomberg appealed the decision, but Mayor de Blasio filed papers to drop the appeal.


Source:  Wall Street Journal

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