Agence France-Presse 
May 19, 2012
The New York Police Department faces unprecedented fire over stop-and-frisk, a tactic officials herald for curbing the city’s once notorious murder rate, but which critics see as a racially charged assault on human rights.
Champions on both sides of the debate chimed in Friday a day after the police commissioner, Ray Kelly, took a rare backwards step by announcing measures meant to bring the program under greater control.
Last year, police stopped, questioned and searched city residents a record 684,330 times, official figures show.
The policy allows officers to stop anyone looking suspicious and is primarily aimed at getting illegal weapons and drugs off the streets.
However, of all the people stopped, nearly nine in 10 were black or Hispanic. Only one in 10 were arrested or issued a summons, while less than two in 100 stops led to the recovery of a weapon, according to analysis of official data by the Center for Constitutional Rights.