Tuesday, August 21, 2012


In case you’ve not been following The New York Times’ close-up look at the NYPD’s stop and frisk policies, on Thursday it focused on the NYPD precincts where the cops use force. Where it is used the most are not the precincts in which it has cause to arrest the (mainly) Black and Latino kids stopped. For example, the Times said in "Pockets of City See Higher Use of Force during Police Stops"  that in the Bronx‘s 46 Precinct, which covers University Heights, Morris Heights, and Fordham,

"…officers used force in 58% of stops last year, the highest rate of any of the city’s 76 precincts…yet just 3 percent of stops that involved force resulted in any arrest—the lowest rate in the city." In Bayside, Queens’ 111th Precinct, which is 87 % white and Asian, however, the cops were "least likely to apply force, using it in 4.7 percent of stops. Yet 40% of those stops ended in an arrest."

66th and 72nd precincts: A detailed graphic map published alongside the Times article "In Some Parts of the City, a Common Police Practice" shows the number of stops using force in the 66th Precinct (Kensington, Borough Park, and Midwood) and the 72nd (Sunset Park and Windsor Terrace) as well as how many stops were made per square mile. In the 72nd precinct are several areas where cops used force in over 33% of the cases.

A report earlier this year by The New York Civil Liberties Union on NYPD stop-and-frisk policies said only 2% of Borough Park's residents were questioned by the police, the lowest in New York City, compared to one-third questioned in Brownsville during the same period.

A subsequent article  in the New York Daily News in June, "Brooklyn Asians say they are also victims of police stops," reported Asians in Borough and Sunset parks  complained they were "stopped a lot," although only  "481 Asians were stopped by cops in 2011—a small number compared to 685,000 stopped citywide last year."