PHILADELPHIA – A new report finds the Philadelphia Police Department's stop-and-frisk practices are improving, but also shows officers are still stopping thousands of people without a legal reason.
The court-ordered report is part of a monitoring process ordered in a 2011 consent decree. Civil rights lawyers filed the report Tuesday in federal court.
The report shows a 35 percent decrease in pedestrian stops in 2016, but officers still stopped roughly 140,000 people.
Over 77 percent of stops in 2016 were of blacks or Latinos. A later report will analyze the racial disparities in the data.
Officers gave a legal reason for 75 percent of the stops in 2016, meaning 35,000 people were stopped illegally in the city last year.
Previous reports have found stop-and-frisk of blacks and Latinos were more frequent than those for whites.