This makes my head sad. Police are stopping people in New York, without any real probable cause other than being the wrong color. And this infographic shows just how ineffective the policy is at preventing crime. In fact, it probably just results in the public at large trusting the police even less.

The other disturbing part of this is that our society has largely given up on defending our civil liberties. If they can stop anybody they want, without any real probable cause, it will be really easy for the government to crack down on groups it doesn’t like. Think about that next time you feel like you might want to go to a public gathering or exercise your free speech rights. As it stands, the police can now stop and harass people at random, without any consequences.


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