As widely reported in local media, attorneys for the plaintiffs in Bailey et al. v. City of Philadelphia et al. released yesterday a comprehensive monitoring report on the Philadelphia Police Department’s stop-and-frisk practices. The Report focused on stop and frisk practices for the first half of 2012 — a time period that, significantly, came after the Police Department completed agreed upon re-training of officers, issued new protocols on stop and frisk practices, and implemented accountability measures. Despite the new steps taken by the Police Department, the Report concludes that 43-47% of all stops and 45% of all frisks (commonly known as a “pat-down”) were conducted without proper legal cause. Based on this data, the Report calls on the City to make dramatic changes in its stop and frisk practices.
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