In the context of the debate over the Arizona immigration law and racial profiling, Marvin King links to an NYT article showing that African Americans and Latinos are nine times more likely than whites to be frisked in New York City.
Of the reasons listed by the police for conducting the stops, one of those least commonly cited was the claim that the person fit the description of a suspect. The most common reason listed by the police was a category known as “furtive movements.”
That criterion, of course, can mean anything. Even worse, in 19 percent of the cases the reason for frisking was "other." Lucky for them, though, they didn't need to be carrying their papers.