NEW YORK (AP) -- Black and Hispanic men are more likely to be stopped in the Bronx and Brooklyn than other boroughs, according to an analysis of police street stop data released Wednesday by the New York Civil Liberties Union.
The police made 532,911 stops in 2012, a 22 percent decrease from the year before, when an all-time high of 685,724 stops were made. Most of the people stopped are black and Hispanic men, and a federal trial that concluded this week accused the police of unfairly targeting minorities. U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin will rule on whether changes are needed and will decide the changes. She already has said the policy seems troubling.
The NYCLU analyzed street stop data from 2011 and the findings are similar. The precincts that had the most stops were also among the most crime-ridden. The most stops happened in the 75th Precinct, in East New York; second was the 73rd Precinct, in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Precincts in the South Bronx also had a high volume of stops.
The fewest stops were performed in Central Park, Murray Hill and Kips Bay, all in Manhattan.
Of those stopped, only 9.7 percent were white. About 55 percent were black and 32 percent Latino. The population of New York is about 8 million with 33 percent white, 23 percent black and about 29 percent Latino.