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Out of the 882 students NYPD arrested in 2011, 96% of those students were black or Latino, according to a study released by NYCLU on Monday. Seventy-four percent of the students arrested by NYPD were male. An average of four students are arrested and seven summoned each day over the course of the 216 high school and 209 middle school days in “the big apple”. The majority of the arrests, 48%, occurred at schools in Bronx.
NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said in a statement:
We’ve now collected a year’s worth of data demonstrating how the impact of heavy-handed policing in city schools falls squarely on the shoulders of black students and young men, who are being subjected to a disproportionate number of arrests at school. If the Bloomberg administration is serious about helping young men of color succeed, then it must address these disparities and focus more resources on educating children, not arresting them.
NYCLU’s study is the result of a newly enacted Student Safety Act, requiring police officers to report student arrests and student encounters to the City Council on a quarterly basis. A spokesman from NYPD refutes NYCLU’s belief that most of the crimes committed by the students are petty violations. Paul Brown, the department’s Chief Spokesman said “They would often like to portray them as simple spats between schoolchildren. But, unfortunately, that is not often the case. It can involve serious assaults, with weapons, and including s****l assaults and including serious crimes.”
No matter anyone’s belief, statistics prove minority students are always placed at a disadvantage. In March, an analysis of federal data showed minority students across the nation to have less access to advanced courses. Black students were also found to be three and a half times as likely as white students to be either suspended or expelled. Salaries for teachers in schools with high populations of minority students were also notably less.