US Latino police officers' group criticizes study of NY police stops

A national Latino law enforcement group on Thursday blasted an outside report that concluded the New York Police Department demonstrated no clear racial bias with its aggressive "stop-and-frisk" policy. The policy resulted in more than 500,000 stops of pedestrians last year, most of them black or Hispanic, but the report said RAND Corp. researchers found only "small racial differences in the rates of frisk, search, use of force and arrest." The National Latino Officers Association of America said the report confirmed what it already knew: "You get exactly what you pay for." "This study is comprised of endless excuses, statistical justifications," the association said. "If left unchallenged, it is the justification for racial profiling, abuse and discrimination," the group added.