The NYPD has released statistics on “reasonable suspicion stops” (more popularly known as stop and frisk) in 2011, broken down by precinct and then by race. A total of 685,724 stops were made in New York City – 53.1% of those stopped were black, 33.9% were Hispanic, 9.4% were white, and 3.6% were Asian/Pacific Islander. The top crime suspected was weapons possession.
Those stops “equated to less than one stop per police officer per week among the 19,600 officers on patrol during the period,” Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne explained in an email.
Details from our 78th Precinct (pictured above) reveal a total of 3,555 stops, with 26.5% of those incidents for suspicion of robbery. Of the people stopped, 40.4% were black, 38.9% were Hispanic, 18% were white, and 2.7% were Asian/Pacific Islander.
The numbers are disproportionate to the residential population, which, for our precinct, is 8.1% black and 69.6% white. This disparity between percentage of population and percentage of stops is much greater than in the citywide data, which shows a residential population that is 23.4% black and 34.3% white. There is, however, greater correlation between number of stops and number of known crime suspects, of which 51.1% are black and 17.7% are white.
The WNYC interactive map published back in July, which is also based on 2011 data, shows that these stops led to the recovery of only one gun, near Flatbush and 6th Avenues in October. Neither report indicates how many stops resulted in arrest.