Think New York City’s Stop-and-Frisk Practices Were Bad? Check Out Chicago’s Police Stops.
Police stops were more common in Chicago last summer than they were at the height of New York City’s controversial “stop-and-frisk” practices in 2011, according to a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.
This data may even understate the number of stops in Chicago, since police in the Windy City only recorded stops that didn’t lead to arrests or tickets. But the data also doesn’t show how many stops resulted in frisks, so not all the stops were necessarily like New York City’s stop-and-frisk searches, which drew national attention for their disproportionate use against black New Yorkers.
Black Chicagoans were similarly much more likely to be victims of the stops, according to the report. Although black residents make up nearly 33 percent of the city’s population, they accounted for 72 percent of stops. These disparities were more pronounced in white neighborhoods like Jefferson Park, where black Americans were more than 21 times as likely as their white counterparts to be stopped, after accounting for the neighborhood’s white and black populations.