New York City police detained and patted down people on the street 685,724 times in 2011 without and warrant or evidence of a crime being committed, and 88 percent of those stopped were not ticketed or arrested.
Of the 685,724 people arbitrarily stopped by New York’s finest in 2011, 87 percent were black or Latino.
Opponents and supporters of the city’s stop-and-frisk policy have faced off on the streets and in the courts.
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New York, however, is not the only place where stop and frisk tactics are used. In the war zones of the Middle East and South America, civilians are subjected to very similar practices.
Click through the gallery to see photos of protests calling for an end to the New York policy—and shots that put the NYPD’s heavy hands in context with stop and frisk situations around the world.
Photo: Eric Thayer/Reuters