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In Mostly White Park Slope, Blacks Account for 40% of Stop-and-Frisks

By Leslie Albrecht | February 6, 2013 10:19am | Updated on February 6, 2013 1:19pm

PARK SLOPE — Stop-and-frisks in Park Slope's 78th Precinct are relatively rare, but they mirror a citywide trend: blacks and Latinos are the most likely to be stopped by cops, according to new figures released by the NYPD.

Police in the 78th Precinct — which covers Park Slope, Prospect Park, and Gowanus — made just 3,555 stops in 2011. That's relatively low: only 10 of the city's 76 precincts had fewer stop-and-frisks.

While the residential population in the 78th Precinct is 8 percent black, 16 percent Latino, and 70 percent white, according to recent census numbers, the racial make-up of stop-and-frisks is far different. Of the people stopped by cops in 2011, 40 percent were black, 39 percent were Latino, 18 percent were white, and 2.7 percent were Asian.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne noted that police stops in the 78th Precinct "comported with the race of known crime suspects."

Blacks comprised 51 percent of all known crime suspects in the 78th Precinct, and 40 percent of those stopped; Latinos were 29 percent of known suspects and 39 percent of those stopped; and whites were 18 percent of known suspects and 18 percent of those stopped, according to the report.

Police in the 78th Precinct were most likely to stop people in connection with suspected robberies, according to the NYPD data. Cops in the precinct recorded 5,123 arrests or criminal summons in 2011, and made 28,025 "radio runs," in response to 911 calls or requests for help from people on the street.

The precinct recently received an influx of new officers after its territory expanded to include the Barclays Center and the Atlantic Center Mall.

Officials at the 78th Precinct could not be reached immediately for comment.