The New York City Police Department is disputing a report released by the New York Civil Liberties Union Friday, which alleges that a record number of New Yorkers are being stopped and frisked by the police department.
According to the study, more than 273,000 people were stopped and interrogated during the first six months of this year. That number is up 15 percent from this time last year.
The study claims that 90 percent of those stopped were either black or Latino.
Only 12 percent of stops result in arrests or tickets, but the union says the names and addresses of all who were stopped are now stored in an NYPD database.
In the 75th Police District in East New York Brooklyn, some locals say that they are being unfairly targeted, despite the area's high crime rates.
"They shouldn't be doing things like that," said local Jerome Gramble, 21, who said he has been stopped and frisked by police many times. "It gets me mad that they're just going around stopping random people whenever they feel like it, because they have a [.30 caliber gun] and a badge."
"It's improved a lot from when I came here. A whole lot, and it's because of the police. It's a dangerous job for them too," said Beulah Somerville, a 25-year resident of East New York.
Somerville said when she first came to the neighborhood, children came indoors at 8 p.m. and the sound of gunfire was constant.
In response to the findings, the NYPD released a statement on Friday saying, "In a city where police make 400,000 arrests annually based on the higher standard of probable cause (and issue another 400,000 criminal court summonses), 500,000 or even 600,000 stops annually is not unreasonable. Further, the stops comport by race proportionally with descriptions provided by crime victims."
Many like Gramble want their names removed from the police database, but NYCLU officials say they will need to sue to make that happen.