Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The 3 Brooklyn Neighborhoods at the Epicenter of Stop and Frisk

Posted By on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 11:50 AM

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After more than a year of pressure from the New York Civil Liberties Union, the NYPD has finally released a little data on stop-and-frisk. The results are exactly what even the policy's mildest critics would have guessed, with blacks and Hispanics — who make up 53% of New York's population — accounting for around 90% of stops throughout the city. By comparison, 9% of those stopped were white, and 4% Asian. Curiously — coincidentally, I'm sure? — there was no data released on the number of actual arrests resulting from the stops.

But where, you might ask, is this productive, morale-boosting use of taxpayer money implemented the most? Brooklyn, apparently. Kings County has the dubious distinction of seeing the majority of New York's stops-and-frisks during 2011 (the policy's busiest year since 2002), with Queens not far behind. Three neighborhoods in particular seem to be bearing the brunt of it.

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Virginia K. Smith is the Assistant Editor at The L Magazine and a Bushwick resident. Her profile picture was taken at Summerscreen, because she is a real team player.

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