As if the NYPD's habit of stopping and frisking anyone and everyone officers find suspicious weren't controversial already, new police data makes it look like the police department is on track to break last year's record-breaking stop and frisk stats. In 2010, the NYPD made 601,055 street stops (up 4.3 percent from 2009) and in the first six months of this year alone the police used the tactic 362,150 times. Sadder, in the Bronx, at least, 91 percent of those stopped and frisked between April and June were male and 92 percent were black or Hispanic. Profiling much?

Of course, the people being stopped are often the same people over and over again. To hammer the point home, the News today writes about father-of-two Willie Hazzard who says that in the two years he has been living in Soundview he has been stopped 17 times, not once leading to an arrest. So what good is all that stopping? Well, it is great for low-level pot arrests. No wonder city officials are pushing for a Federal probe into the practice!

The problem with the stop-and-frisk epidemic is that it really does only exist as a problem for New York's minority populations. As Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer put it earlier this month: "I have never been stopped and frisked. But I can no longer look mothers and grandmothers in the eye, knowing in the bottom of my heart that there is a two-tiered justice system."

Meanwhile—as we've mentioned before—if you are worried about getting stopped and frisked, a good thing to have on hand is the NYCLU's handy wallet card, which is now available in iPhone App form as well.