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You've probably have thought that blacks are stopped many times more than whites, but now there are the numbers to back that up. The Police Department delivered four volumes of statistics to the City Council's Public Safety Committee that revealed some interesting statistics about police "stop-and-frisk" searches. five times more people were stopped in 2006 than in 2002. (Last year, 508,540 were stopped; in 2002, the police stopped a little under 100,000.) And of the half million stopped in 2006, 55% of the time, the "stop-and-frisks" involved blacks. Hispanics are stopped 30.5% and whites 11.1%.

The NYPD hasn't released a full year of data about searches since 2002. The NY Times reports that a 2001 law (created after the Amadou Diallo shooting) required the NYPD to release information four times a year to the City Council about "people who are stopped and questioned by officers, and the reasons for such encounters." Apparently, the main reason why people were stopped: They were "in a high crime area or had made 'furtive movements,''" according to the Daily News. Of those searches, 21,269 were arrested. And yet, as a Columbia professor who studied stop and frisks in 1999, pointed out that "stop rates went up by 500 percent when crime rates were flat."

The NYPD has denied racial profiling and that many of the stops were because crime victims will mention suspects of colors. But incidents like a captain telling officers to "stop all black teens" at the 7th Avenue subway station and the shooting of Sean Bell, have made the community wonder. 1010 WINS spoke to Reverend Al Sharpton, who said that pressure was unfairly applied to people of color.

The NYPD claims the delay in getting the numbers out is because of "antiquated technology." And the City Council is also being criticized for not monitoring (or badgering) the NYPD as it should have been.