NEW YORK – New York City police say the number of street stops made under the heavily criticized "stop-and-frisk" strategy is down sharply.
NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Friday that the number of people stopped in the second quarter of this year declined about 25 percent, compared with the same three months last year. He said better training and supervision contributed to the decline.
The "stop and frisk" strategy has resulted in a half-million or more stops each year, mostly of black and Hispanic men. Only about 10 percent are arrested.
Civil rights advocates say the practice is illegal and racially biased. Police officials call it a vital crime-fighting tool that has curbed shooting and other violence.
New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman calls the recent results encouraging but not enough to repair the trust that's been damaged in minority communities.