NYPD Still Stopping Tons of Black People

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Recent investigations into the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy, which is ostensibly to find firearms but doesn't usually work out that way, show that not only are the searches illegal in many cases, but they overwhelmingly target men of color in poor areas. These stops result in tens of thousands of arrests every year for small-scale weed possession, some of which would be thrown out if a judge ever saw them. But because most people don't know their rights, the cycle spins on: through the end of March, the NYPD has 183,326 stop-and-frisks on record this year, the highest number since they started keeping track in 2004. Of those, 11,925 people were arrested and 10,292 were issued tickets. Unsurprisingly, a majority of those stopped were black.

Via the Wall Street Journal, those numbers mean that 12.1 percent of the stops resulted in charges or arrests, which is a little bit less than last year.

50.6 percent of the stops were black, down from 53.3 percent last year, while 26.6 percent were white or Hispanic, 9.2 percent white and 6.8 percent black Hispanic. The NYPD line is that "the descriptions of criminal suspects, and not overall population demographics, guide its decisions on whom to stop, and when." Safe to say it's more or less all men.

The New York Civil Liberties Union told the Journal that the numbers "are going in the absolutely wrong direction," as they're forced to do every time a new report is released. At this point, they must get sick of the same lines, and yet the song remains the same: "This practice seriously undermines the quality of life for people of color in New York City, particularly in the poorest, most vulnerable neighborhoods."

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]

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CaptainObvious
CaptainObvious

""This practice seriously undermines the quality of life for people of color in New York City," by what stopping them from doing crimes? apparently the civil liberties union thinks that criminal activities are an integral part of quality life. 

By the numbers 85% ticket rate seems to suggest the police are doing something right.

Jim Rockford
Jim Rockford

Joe-- this is but one small pinprick against the Bloomturd/Kelly regime (abetted by all those third term Councilpersons) but one that can't be made often enough.

The media's fealty to this nonsense-- as it was during most of Giuliani's time in office-- is sickening. Paul Browne should be playing checkers with Bernard Kerik right about now but instead his lies lies lies lies lies lies, if not wholly unchallenged, are given far more (i.e. any) credence than they should.

One important question needs to be asked, however, in regard to stop & frisks:

Q: what is the % of black male-on-black male felony crime?

You can NOT have it both ways, although with a better, smarter police force it can be done a lot better. Ask about the OLD, elite Street Crimes Unit sometime and how Howard Safir's ego and anti-street cop idiocy destroyed it.

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