I’m still working on a speech about America’s criminal injustice system and articles like this make it very easy. The NYPD stopped and frisked 684,330 people in 2011. Well, probably fewer than that as many were frisked multiple times. And the racial makeup of those stops is both predictable and appalling:
In addition to his analysis, the NYCLU also compiled a series of statistics about the “stop and frisk” practices that lends credence to the charges of racial bias:
- In 2011, 685,724 New Yorkers were stopped by the police, up from 601,285 in 2010.
- 605,328 were totally innocent (88 per cent).
- 350,743 were black (53 per cent of stops, relative to 23 per cent of the population).
- 223,740 were Latino (34 per cent of stops, relative to 29 per cent of the population).
- 61,805 were white (9 per cent of stops, relative to approximately 47 per cent of the population).
And only .15% of all those stops resulted in gun charges, which is one of the big excuses the police use. The other is drugs, but we know from many studies that whites are as likely to use and sell drugs as blacks or Latinos. The law allows the police to stop and frisk someone for merely acting suspiciously, which is a perfect standard for racist policing. Funny how blacks always look more suspicious than whites do.