Newark releases data from 'stop-and-frisk' initiative

The Newark Police Department is going public with its "stop-and-frisk" statistics, despite the national controversy surrounding the practice. The department is the first in the

NEWARK - The Newark Police Department is going public with its "stop-and-frisk" statistics, despite the national controversy surrounding the practice.

The department is the first in the country to release data from the program, including the ages, genders and races, but not the names, of those detained and arrested.

In New York City, 680,000 people were searched in 2011, according to the ACLU.

Statistical data for the month of July was released Thursday. It shows that 2,109 people were engaged by police, though not necessarily frisked. Of them, 568, or about 27 percent, were arrested or given summonses and 72 percent were black.

Demographic information and data on whether force was used is included in the report. Information on how many days officers were suspended is also included. In July, that came to 192 days.

Newark Police Director Samuel DeMaio admits the system has a few bugs. Reasons for the stops were also supposed to be listed, but were not. Whites and Hispanics were lumped together, making it impossible to know how many of each were stopped.

"We already have our computer company we have the contract with working on the system and it will be fixed by next month," says DeMaio.

The ACLU calls "stop-and-frisk" an intrusive tactic and is applauding the transparency. "One of the ways we learn about how 'stop-and-frisk' is being used is we learn what are the reasons behind a stop and a frisk," says Udi Ofer, Executive Director of the ACLU of New Jersey. "We look forward to having that data included in future reports."

The information will be compiled and released every month.
 

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