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During stops that do not result in an arrest, Blacks are more than 12 times as likely as Whites to experience the use of force during stop & frisks by New York City Police

Data Source: New York Police Department data for 2010 as reported by the New York Civil Liberties Union & U.S. Census 2010 Summary File 1, QT-P4. (Graph: Prison Policy Initiative, 2012)

This graph originally appeared in Patting down the data on racial profiling in New York City.

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