Street stops by New York City police officers have plunged since 2011 and a new statistical analysis by a federal monitor concludes that the racial disparity in stops is narrowing.
The analysis, undertaken as part of a federal court order, examined stops from 2013 to 2015 after criticism of the high rates of stops in black and Hispanic neighborhoods had already led to the start of a drastic decline in them.
Even as the racial disparity narrowed, Hispanics remained more likely to be searched and arrested after such encounters and blacks were less likely than whites to be found carrying a gun after the police frisked them, the analysis showed. That lower “hit rate” leaves questions about the degree of suspicion officers apply in combating crime in minority neighborhoods.
The findings were included in a 50-page report filed in federal court on Tuesday by the court-appointed monitor overseeing the Police Department.
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Source: The New York Times (via The Empire Report)