A stop-frisk-and-release anecdote from a four-time friskee

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The Wall Street Journal, which first reported on the New York Police Department's record-high number of stop-and-frisks, follows up with a write-up of a press conference denouncing the agency.

The lead anecdote is from a homeless man who said he was stopped-and-frisked four times but was never arrested or even given a ticket.

His testimony supports a main procedural criticism of the policy, which is that it's a blunt instrument that makes victims out of too many innocent people, sometimes repeatedly.

Another person who was in the crowd watching the press conference was a City Council aide who lives in a high-crime neighborhood in Brooklyn and has been repeatedly stopped by the police without being ticketed or arrested.

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