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.