Tuesday's New York Times highlights the launch of New York City's Communities United for Police Reform, a campaign that seeks to "build a lasting movement that promotes public safety and policing practices based on cooperation and respect– not discriminatory targeting and harassment." The Times article points to the problem:
The Police Department’s use of stop-and-frisks has increased significantly under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Figures released last week showed that police officers stopped and questioned people 684,330 times in 2011, a 14 percent increase over 2010 and a roughly 600 percent increase from a decade ago. As in previous years, the vast majority of those stopped — 87 percent — were Black or Latino.