New York City Police Have to Track the Race of People They Stop. Will Others Follow Suit?

February 01 2024

USA Today reported on the passing of the How Many Stops Act in New York City, a measure that requires officers to report on low-level investigative encounters. Chris Burbank, Law Enforcement Strategy Consultant at CPE, expands upon why the documentation of these stops is important for reducing bias and disparity in policing. The following is an excerpt from the article:

Many departments already collect data about investigative stops, but these lower-level stops are “where you see tremendous disparity, tremendous bias interjected that a lot of times does not get accounted for,” said Chris Burbank, a law enforcement strategy consultant for the Center for Policing Equity.

“There's no documentation whatsoever,” he said. “So historically, these have been widely abused.”

Read the full article on USA Today’s website.