Precinct or Prejudice? Understanding Racial Disparities in New York City's Stop-and-Frisk Policy
Sharad Goel, Justin M. Rao, Ravi Shroff
- Stop-and-frisk is a controversial policing tactic where police officers
stop and detain residents in an effort to recover drugs, weapons, and contraband.
- The majority of stop-and-frisks performed on New York City residents
who are suspected of carrying a weapon actually have a low probability of
producing a weapon, given the features that officers knew prior to the stop.
- Controlling for the location of the stop, stop-and-frisks
exhibit racial disparities in their probabilities of turning up a weapon.
- The authors contextualize these results in the cases of
the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.