The American Civil Liberties Union of PA (ACLU) and the city are still in disagreement over the use of stop and frisk tactics by the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD).
The city filed their report on stops done in the city on Monday after the ACLU filed theirs earlier this month showing that rates are still high for people of color getting stopped by police.
The city refuted the ACLU’s numbers after Robert Taylor, the city’s expert in social psychology and quantitative criminology, conducted an analysis that did not match the same numbers given.
The ACLU’s report noted that racial disparities still remain with African-Americans accounting for 69 percent of stops from January to June in a city in which they are 48 percent of the population according to the press release.
“Professor Taylor’s statistical analysis showed that race did not play a factor in whether a stop and frisk was more a less likely to be premised on legally articulable constitutional grounds,” the document read in the seventh report to the court and monitor.
“The parties however are in disagreement on whether the data shows that race plays a factor in the stop rates of Blacks and Hispanics city-wide. Professor Taylor reports that Plaintiffs method for calculating stop rates are inflated.”
“We continue to see the total number of pedestrian stops performed by the PPD drop, resulting in significantly fewer numbers of stops without reasonable suspicion,” said Mike Dunn, deputy communications director. “Further, the city’s expert has concluded that the racial differences seen among stop rates is the result of factors other than race. We are confident that the measures implemented by the PPD are moving the city in the right direction.”
Many of the lawyers for the ACLU believe that the city needs to do more.
“The city has finally, after many years, instituted some internal accountability measures, beyond mere audits of the stop data,” said David Rudovsky of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg, and Lin LLP earlier this month. “But far more is needed, including sanctions and discipline of officers and supervisors who are repeat offenders.”
According to the ACLU report, 20,000 people were stopped in 2017 without a justifiable reason and that two of every five frisks occur without cause — along with a stark difference in racial disparities.
The report also says that officers did not have reasonable suspicion in 40 percent of frisks, which is a number that has not declined according to the press release.
Lawyers of the ACLU filed a federal class action on Nov.r 4, 2010 on eight Black and Latino men who claimed they were stopped due to racial bias.
The action was alleging that thousands of people each year are illegally stopped, frisked, searched, and detained by the Philadelphia Police Department as part of its stop-and-frisk policy.
Now, there is an ongoing process to monitor police tactics through a consent decree through a settlement that was reached in June of 2011.
Spokesman Ben Waxman, said new District Attorney Larry Krasner has concerns about stop and frisk.
“DA Larry Krasner is deeply concerned about the use of illegal stop and frisk tactics by law enforcement, especially those that disproportionately target people of color,” said Waxman. “Some progress has been made but this report is further indication that there is still much work to be done to ensure the equal application of justice for all people in Philadelphia.”
The ACLU did not have a comment.