Stop-and-Frisk Drops In First 3 Months of 2013

NEW YORK (AP) -

The NYPD made fewer stop-and-frisk stops during the first three months of 2013, a 51 percent drop compared to the same time last year.

According to police data, over 99,000 stop-and-frisk stops were conducted from Jan. 1 through March 31. That’s down from over 203,000.

Stop-and-frisk is the practice of stopping, questioning and sometimes patting down people seen as doing something questionable but not necessarily meriting arrest. It is currently the subject of a civil rights trial in Manhattan federal court.

It’s become a flashpoint as the stops rose dramatically in the last decade to nearly 700,000 in 2011. They dropped to 533,000 last year.