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5 NYC Students Arrested By NYPD Every Day In School, 90 Percent Are Black Or Latino (participation)

February 24, 2012

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NYC Students Arrested By NYPD Every Day In School, 90 Percent Are Black Or Latino

An average of 5 students were arrested each day in New York City schools during the last three months of 2011, new NYPD data reveals. And of those students, a staggering 90 percent were black or latino.

In accordance with the School Safety Act passed by City Council–which requires the NYPD to release the school arrest statistics every three months–the NYPD released this report showing that from October 1 to December 31 of 2011, 279 students were arrested and another 532 students were issued summonses, mostly for disorderly conduct.

Despite comprising only 29 percent of the student population, black students made up 60 percent of the arrests while latinos, made up 30 percent. 75 percent of those arrested were male.

Teenage demonstrators gathered outside One Police Plaza Wednesday, CBS reports, chanting “Dignity For All Students” and “More Books, No Cops.”

One student at the protest said, “You have wonder what is the number going to be for the whole school year and we need to ask ourselves ‘Is this school safety? Is this the NYPD showing us that they’re keeping us safe by arresting us and giving us court summons for the most minor things?”

New York Civil Liberties Union executive director Donna Lieberman said in a statement, “If the Bloomberg administration is truly serious about helping young men of color succeed, then they must address these disparities and focus more attention on educating children–not arresting them.” She continued, “We call on the mayor, the schools chancellor and the police commissioner to commission an independent audit of these incidents of arrests to assess whether these situations would be better handled by educators. And to find out what the impact has been on children who misbehaved and, as a result, were sent into the criminal justice system.”

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne was quick to respond to the NYCLU’s criticisms. “The NYCLU talks about arrests in schools but, conveniently, not crimes. There were 801 felonies in the schools last year, compared to 1,577 in 2001 before the current administration took office.”

The last report on school arrests, released in November, revealed that during summer school in 2011, one student was arrested in New York every day, 94 percent of whom were black or latino.

via 5 NYC Students Arrested By NYPD Every Day In School, 90 Percent Are Black Or Latino.

 

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  1. Kyla Chappell permalink

    As with most of these types of articles, this did not shock me. Although, this does not meant that I don’t think these results are alarming and something needs to be done about them. I believe the school administration should gain more of a handle on some of these behavioral issues, not going directly to the police. Also, I think more research should be done as to why the numbers are so high with blacks and latinos and not whites? Is it truly because they are more delinquent or are there other reasons? Like delinquent behavior of whites being overlooked?

    • Reed Clarridge permalink

      I think the numbers are high due to a mix of both overlooking whites and expecting blacks & latinos to fit the stereotype. White privilege is the teacher watching the minority students in the class more closely during testing to look for cheaters. The same privilege can be applied with para-educators, policing the lunch hour. The presuppositions we glean from our media and culture create certain expectations and our brains cater to those expectations by filtering what we see to match more closely with those implicit assumptions.

  2. Kyla: If we take other studies, we are talking about differential treatment and discrimination; we are talking about different levels of policing. How do these numbers help us think about the suspension numbers

    “So, for instance, even the children of well-off black families are more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than the children of poor whites, and this is true despite the fact that there is no statistically significant difference in the rates of serious school rule infractions between white kids or black kids that could justify the disparity (according to fourteen different studies examined by Russ Skiba at Indiana University)” – http://redroom.com/member/tim-wise/blog/explaining-white-privilege-to-the-deniers-and-the-haters

    “According to the Centers for Disease Control, and Department of Health and Human Services, it is your children, and not those of the urban ghetto, who are most likely to use drugs. That’s right: white high school students are seven times more likely than blacks to have used cocaine; eight times more likely to have smoked crack; ten times more likely to have used LSD and seven times more likely to have used heroin. In fact, there are more white high school students who have used crystal methamphetamine (the most addictive drug on the streets) than there are black students who smoke cigarettes. What’s more, white youth ages 12-17 are more likely to sell drugs: 34% more likely, in fact than their black counterparts. And it is white youth who are twice as likely to binge drink, and nearly twice as likely as blacks to drive drunk. And white males are twice as likely to bring a weapon to school as are black males – http://www.alternet.org/story/10560/?page=entire

  3. Laura Zaro permalink

    I was amazed by this article coming from a small town where I attended the only public high school, I can’t recall ever hearing about someone getting arrested on campus. The fact that 90% of those arrested were African Ameriacn while they only comprised 29% of the population just disgusts me. Living in the year 2012 you’d think racism like this would be a thing of the past.

    • Aaron Verhei permalink

      Do you really believe that the NYPD is doing this to be racist? If you look more closely at the statistics for NYC you will see something different. Most crime is commit based of class first not race. The police spend more of there time policing the poor neighborhoods over the suburbia area because well as everything thinks nothing is going to happen in a quiet suburbia while everything is going to happen down in the Bronx. For NYC the poverty is separated like this: 11 percent are whites, 17 percent are Asians, 21 percent are black, and 26 percent Hispanics. Now if you look at it those percentages and then look at the arrest rates you will see a correlation with the high arrest rates of black and Hispanics to the poverty level. The police and the city are not being racist they are just patrolling the lower neighborhoods of NYC. Now I’m not saying that nice quiet suburbia’s don’t have crime at all because they do. I believe it also comes down to the parents here because if you are in poverty as a parent you are probably working more and cant spend much time taking care of your child and keeping them away from gangs or illegal activity while in the quiet suburbia’s parents will probably be working steady 8 hour jobs and be able to come home and help there kids with there homework and keep them away from gangs and other activities that could lead to them being arrested. So if you look at those facts you will see that it isn’t all just about the race.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/29/nyregion/29poverty.html

  4. Aaron Verhei permalink

    This article does bring up some surprising stats about NYC, but at the same time you got to wonder if they really shock you or not. I don’t believe personally that this is a matter of racism being shown by the NYPD at all. I believe it simply comes down to class over race. To get a better look at the kind of student that is being arrested i would love to see some statistics about the income and life style of the 90% African American to see whether the child is from a very well off family or not because i personally believe that in big cities like New York it really depends on where you live to what kind of activity you participate in. What i think would be wonderful to see is if the schools could come in and make more after school activities to keep the kids from doing anything or monitor the children more to stop criminal actions before they even start. If we keep the children busy than they wont get bored and want to do something dumb is what i think. I really did like the fact that the NYPD has shown that they are keeping the schools safe by lessening the crime rate from 1,577 to only 801. This show that they are actually doing their job.

  5. Where does the article tell us about class? Also how do these stats (national), help our understanding of situation in NY: “According to the Centers for Disease Control, and Department of Health and Human Services, it is your children, and not those of the urban ghetto, who are most likely to use drugs. That’s right: white high school students are seven times more likely than blacks to have used cocaine; eight times more likely to have smoked crack; ten times more likely to have used LSD and seven times more likely to have used heroin. In fact, there are more white high school students who have used crystal methamphetamine (the most addictive drug on the streets) than there are black students who smoke cigarettes. What’s more, white youth ages 12-17 are more likely to sell drugs: 34% more likely, in fact than their black counterparts. And it is white youth who are twice as likely to binge drink, and nearly twice as likely as blacks to drive drunk. And white males are twice as likely to bring a weapon to school as are black males”(http://academic.udayton.edu/race/01race/white08.htm)

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