Our legal director Matt Segal spoke to the Associated Press about the Boston Police Department's exaggerated claims of reduced racial discrimination in stops and frisks, based on recently released data.

Matthew Segal, Legal Director. Photo by Marilyn Humphries.
Matthew R. Segal

Information about the reasons and outcomes of the stops is crucial to understanding whether police are conducting searches appropriately and not violating civil rights, says Matthew Segal, legal director for the Massachusetts chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which had sued the department to release the data.

"Without that additional information, police cannot even measure whether its stop-and-frisk practices are achieving worthwhile goals," he said.

Read the full article: AP finds Boston police inflate progress on searches, frisks

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