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UES Stop-and-Frisks Target Minorities, Police Stats Show

By DNAinfo Staff on February 5, 2013 1:24pm

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UPPER EAST SIDE — Police in the Upper East Side's 19th Precinct made 5,250 stop-and-frisks in 2011, targeting minorities more than 76 percent of the time though they make up less than a fifth of the area's population, new NYPD statistics show.

Of those, 35.8 percent of people stopped were black and 35.7 were hispanic.

White individuals were subject to 23.9 percent of the neighborhood's stop-and-frisks, despite making up 82 percent of the population and being suspected of 31.6 percent of the crimes, the data show.

Citywide, black people were targeted in more than half of the stop-and-frisks, followed by Latino individuals at 40 percent and whites at 10 percent, the NYPD statistics show.

Of all Upper East Side stop-and-frisks, 17.4 were against people suspected of burglary — more than any other crime.

The Central Park Precinct listed 1,416 stop-and-frisks, with grand larceny  being the suspected crime.

Nick Viest, 19th Precinct Community Council president, said that he hadn't looked at the statistics and couldn't comment on them. Speaking generally, however, he said he was confident with officers' tactics.

"When I've gone along on a ride-along with police officers, they've conducted themselves very professionally," he said.

"When they get a call on the suspect, they go strictly by the description they're given. The situations that I've observed, I think they've handled themselves completely correclty."