EXCERPT: Stop-and-frisk has been part of the NYPD's playbook since at least 1991. But to the New York Civil Liberties Union, only about 10 percent of stops actually result in a summons or arrest, and the vast majority of subjects — more than 87 percent — are black or Latino. City Councilman Jumaane Williams of Brooklyn says that's racial profiling, and it's a problem.
"It creates a culture that's festering in the NYPD," Williams says. "That culture means you can treat people different depending [on] what they look like." Williams — who is black, with long dreadlocks — had his own run-in with the NYPD last September, when he was arrested during a Labor Day parade in Brooklyn.
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