NYPD Advises Officers on Correctly Identifying Asian, American Indians


Some New York City police officers need a lesson in demography, says the New York Daily News. The police department has advised its officers to identify Indian crime victims or suspects as Asian, not American Indian. The mistake was noticed by the Quality Assurance Division, which reviews crime complaints to see if they are being classified properly, a police official said. He said the “discrepancy” occurred in a modest number of reports. In some cases the victim was alternately described as Asian and American Indian.

Mallika Dutt of Breakthrough, a global human rights organization, said such a mistake hurts both Indians and American Indians. “Even if it's not intentional, because of the race dynamics of this city it becomes important,” she said. Rinku Sen of the Applied Research Center, which focuses on race equality issues, said she appreciates that the NYPD is trying to correct a wrong. “The memo might give police officers the chance to understand the difference between American Indians and Asian Indians,” she said.

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