Minorities Comprise the Majority of South Brooklyn Stop-And-Frisks

By Nikhita Venugopal on February 6, 2013 9:51am 

 The 76th Precinct in Cobble Hill.
The 76th Precinct in Cobble Hill.
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COBBLE HILL — In South Brooklyn, a majority of people who were stopped, frisked, and questioned by the police in 2011 consisted primarily of minority groups, according to a report released by the NYPD on Monday.

About 44 percent of individuals stopped were black and 33.4 percent were Hispanic, according to the numbers from the 76th Precinct that covers Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Red Hook, and part of Gowanus.

The white population made up almost 20 percent of the 76th Precinct's stop-and-frisk numbers and Asians and Pacific Islanders came in at nearly 3 percent.

In the 84th Precinct, that covers Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Vinegar Hill, Farragut Residences, and Downtown Brooklyn, the numbers were overwhelmingly inclined toward the black population at almost 65 percent, according to the report.

By contrast, only 12 percent of those stopped were white and almost 19 percent were Hispanic.

Five percent were Asian or Pacific Islanders.

The report, released this week, also showcases citywide data that is mostly consistent with Stop-and-Frisk trends from the 76th and 84th precincts. Blacks made up a little over 50 percent of those stopped-and-frisked and the Hispanic population at almost 34 percent.

The community affairs officers for both precincts did not respond immediately for comment.

"The nearly 686,000 stops conducted in 2011 equated to less than one stop per police officer per week among the 19,600 officers on patrol during the period," police spokesman Paul Browne said when the report was released.

Visit the NYPD's website to read the entire report.

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