‘Times’ columnist does his own profiling to find ‘professional black men’ frisked by the NYPD

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Times columnist Michael Powell finds anecdotal evidence of racial profiling by the New York Police Department, quoting eight black community college students in Manhattan who said they had, in total, "been stopped 92 times" by the police.

On NY1, Powell explained how he found the people he interviewed for the story:

"When I did my interviews, I went out there and, if you will, I profiled. Except what I did is I profiled people who looked like they were professionals. You know, professional black men. And, you know, without exception, everybody had been stopped, everybody had been stopped multiple times."

The police department points to low crime rates as evidence that its stop-and-frisk practices are the right ones. But it is a matter of debate among crime experts whether such a broad and aggressive application of the tactic is productive.

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