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Politically liberal NYC has some serious racial discrimination issues to overcome. According to NYPD’s 2011 stop-and-frisk data released on Monday, more than 50 percent of the 686,000 stops were African American. The highly targeted demographic accounts for just 23.4 percent of the city’s residential population.
Coming in at second place, Latinos accounted for nearly 40 percent of the reported stops, while Caucasians accounted for a mere 10 percent of stops. “The nearly 686,000 stops conducted in 2011 equated to less than one stop per police officer per week among the 19,600 officers on patrol during the period,” said Paul Browne, the NYPD’s chief spokesman. Although NYPD portrayed the number of stops as being low in relationship to the number of officers on the streets, stop-and-frisks have risen significantly since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office, jumping from 98,000 during his first term to nearly 700,000 by 2011.
Suspected weapons possession was cited as the top reason for stops, accounting for 25.6 percent. Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct in East New York had the most stops with 31,100, while the 73rd Precinct just next-door in Brownsville came in second with 25,167. Jackson Heights, Queens, had the third most with 18,156. NYC schools were challenged about its data concerning 19 suspensions of four and five year-olds in 2011. The statistics showed that minorities and kids with special needs were more often the targets of discipline. Black kids served 53% of the suspensions while they represent just 28% of the city’s students. In total, 69% of suspensions went to boys, though they make up 51% of the student populations.In addition, students with disabilities make up just 12% of the student population but serve 32% of the suspensions. Citywide, suspensions in all the grades were down slightly last year over the previous year, dropping from 73,441 to 69,643.