NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program has been a “failure”, according to Zead Ramadan, CAIR’s board president in New York City.
The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk program “has not brought down the rates of murders of New York City,” Ramadan said in phone interview with Press TV on Sunday.
“So this policy is a failure,” Ramadan said, adding, “All it is doing is targeting children of color and underprivileged communities.”
About 684,000 people were stopped in 2011. According to NYPD statistics, over 80% of those stopped have been completely innocent. The vast majority of these people were African-American or Latino.
Thousands of New Yorkers planned to march in silence down Fifth Avenue on Sunday to demand an end to the New York Police Department's stop-and-frisk program, which the protesters say disproportionately targets black and Latino males.