A new study by the American Civil Liberties Union has revealed Chicago police are among the nation’s leaders in the use of the controversial “stop-and-frisk” practice, leading even New York.
Until the mayor and courts put a stop to it, New York was known for its aggressive stop-and-frisk tactics, in which police officers stop and question a pedestrian, and frisk him or her for weapons or other contraband.
Now, according to the ACLU, Chicago police officers are doing the same thing on a routine basis. According to a report the ACLU will unveil Monday, Chicago police made 250,000 stops that did not lead to an arrest last from May to August last year – more than four times the number in New York during the height of its use of the stops, during the same four months in 2011.
“You’re stopping and frisking a lot of innocent people, with very little productive outcome,” said ACLU Illinois legal director Harvey Grossman.