Earlier this week the New York Police Department released a report that breaks down its controversial stop and frisk policy by precinct and race.
Nearly nine out of 10 people “stopped and frisked” under a controversial New York Police Department policy in 2011 were African-American or Hispanic.
The data comes from a report released by the NYPD Monday, which showed that of the 685,724 stops made by police that year, 53% of those questioned were black, 34% were Latino, 9% were white and 3% were Asian.
The citywide population in 2011 was 23.4% black, 29.4% Hispanic, 12.9% Asian, and 34.3% non-Hispanic white, according to the report.
Brooklyn’s 75th precinct, covering East New York and Cypress Hills, had the most stops in the department. Ninety-seven of the more than 31,000 people stopped were black or Latino. Brooklyn’s 73rd Precinct, covering Brownsville, was the next highest, with 25,167 stops. About 98 percent involved people of color. The 40th Precinct in The Bronx, which covers Mott Haven and Melrose, ‘stopped and frisked’ 17,690 members of the community– with 98.5 percent involving people of color.
“While it appears at first blush to be a slick, fact-filled response, nothing in the report can dispute the reality that stop and frisk NYPD-style is targeted overwhelmingly at people of color, so innocent of any criminal wrongdoing, that all but 12 percent walk away without so much as a ticket,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement to the NY Post.
A July 2012 report from the Center for Constitutional Rights also found members of a range of other communities are also experiencing “devastating impact from this [stop-and-frisk] program,” including LGBTQ/GNC people, non-citizens, homeless people, religious minorities, low-incomepeople, residents of certain neighborhoods and youth.