Monitoring police stops by smartphone. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended the city’s use of so-called “stop and frisk” searches by police. Critics say the subjects of stop and frisks are disproportionately African-American and Latino men, which they call evidence of racial profiling. Today two New York City Council members said they’re introducing a measure to create an independent inspector general to oversee the N.Y.P.D. to review policies and conduct. Meanwhile, the New York Civil Liberties Union is launching the stop and frisk watch app, to monitor police stops and, as they put it, hold the N.Y.P.D. accountable for any misconduct.
Here is a young man's experience with stop-and-frisk: