Walking While Black
November 19th, 2007
Here’s a thought-provoking statistic from yesterday’s New York Times City. Donna Lieberman and Christopher Dunn of the New York Civil Liberties Union analyzed stop and frisk statistics released by the police department earlier this month. They found stops of white New Yorkers amounted to 2.6 percent of the city’s white population. But for blacks, the number of stops was equivalent to 21.1 percent of the population. Since the police probably stop few elderly black women or very young children, the effect of police actions on one part of the population – presumably young black males – becomes glaringly apparent.
For both groups the overwhelming majority of stops – about 89 percent – did not result in an arrest.
(To view Andy Pressman’s entire graphic with the data, click here.)By Gail Robinson on November 19, 2007, 12:47 pm
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