Posted on March 24, 2015

Blacks in Chicago Far More Likely to Be Subject of “Stop and Frisk,” ACLU Says

NBC Chicago, March 23, 2015

Blacks in Chicago are more likely to be subjected to a “stop and frisk” by police than any other race, a report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois indicates.

The report, released Monday, also says officers in the Second City used the controversial technique far more often than did officers in New York City.

The ACLU said Chicago officers last summer conducted more than 250,000 stops of people who weren’t arrested. The ACLU also said that almost three-fourths of those stopped were African American, though they make up about a third of the city’s population.

The report based on police department data found that the practice was employed at a rate that was four times as high as New York “at the height” of officers’ use of the practice there.