North Brooklyn Stop-and-Frisk Subjects Frequently Black or Hispanic

By Meredith Hoffman on February 5, 2013 6:42pm | Updated on February 6, 2013 6:06pm

EAST WILLIAMSBURG — Stop-and-frisks in North Brooklyn were far more common for African-Americans than other groups in 2011, new NYPD statistics show. 

Though blacks made up only 3 percent of Greenpoint and North Williamsburg's population, they made up 25 percent of the 94th Precinct's stop-and-frisks.

And in South and East Williamsburg's 90th Precinct, African-Americans made up 6 percent of the population but 36 percent of stop-and-frisks. In Bushwick's 83rd Precinct, they were 20 percent of the population but 33 percent of stops.

The findings — which are relatively consistent with citywide data that blacks made up 50 percent of stop-and-frisks but only 25 percent of the population — showed that the increasing use of the tactic harmed minority groups, advocates said.

Stop-and-frisks shot up to 686,000 by 2011 from 98,000 during Mayor Michael Bloomberg's first term in office.

"It's creating a climate of fear amongst people of color," said Karina Claudio, a lead organizer with the organization Make the Road, who works with young people in Bushwick and other neighborhoods. "Because of this fear people aren't reporting crimes...they just don't trust the police."

In Williamsburg and Greenpoint's 90th and 94th Precincts Latinos were also stopped frequently, the statistics showed. They made up 34 percent of stops in the 94th Precinct but just 16 percent of the population, and they comprised 52 percent of stops in the 90th Precinct but just 32 percent of the population.

The racial breakdown of those stopped in all three precincts roughly comports with the number of "all known crime suspects" in those areas, according to the report.

And overall in the city, the 83rd and 90th Precincts saw two of the highest stop-and-frisk rates, at 15,026 and 17,566 stops in 2011.

And Claudio said the frequent stops had affected nearly all the youth with whom she worked.

"It really traumatizes young people, especially at the rate they're stopping people in these communities," she said.

Cops from the 83rd Precinct declined to comment, and officers from the 90th and 94th Precincts did not respond immediately to requests for comment.

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