Paper Challenges Bloomberg Claim That Police Stopped Whites Too Often


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made headlines last week with his assertion that white New Yorkers were stopped too often by officers patrolling the five boroughs, and minority-group members weren't stopped often enough. The New York Daily News says, “the mayoral math on stop-and-frisk doesn't add up.” A Daily News analysis of police data contradicts Bloomberg's claim, by looking at all crime suspects versus just violent crime suspects — particularly in neighborhoods where blacks and Hispanics are in the population minority, but make up the majority of stops.

Police numbers showed 6.9 percent of violent crime suspects were white — although whites made up 9.7% of the total number of people stopped. The News' review of police data found police listed a “violent” offense as the suspected crime on little more than one-quarter of the 532,911 stops made last year — mostly for “robbery.” The rest listed “nonviolent” offenses like weapons possession, larceny, pot possession and criminal trespass. When the lesser offenses are included, whites comprise 13.8% all crime suspects in the city — meaning they were stopped too infrequently.

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