Wednesday, June 26, 2013


The Center for Constitutional Rights and lawyers from the elite law firm of Covington Burling, however, charge in Floyd that such proactive tactics are discriminatory, since blacks and Hispanics make up the large majority of individuals stopped and questioned by NYPD cops. The claim ignores the reality that the preponderance of crime perpetrators, and victims, in New York are also minorities. Blacks, for example, constituted 78% of shooting suspects and 74% of all shooting victims in 2012, even though they are less than 23% of the city's population.

Whites, by contrast, committed just over 2% of shootings and were under 3% of shooting victims in 2012, though they are 35% of the populace. Young black men in New York are 36 times more likely to be murdered than young white men-and their assailants are virtually always other black (or Hispanic) males.

It will be interesting to see what happens if NYPD has to stop their "stop, question and frisk" practice. If crime goes back up, and people are killed who otherwise wouldn't have been - what will happen next? On the other hand, if crime levels do not rise, we'd know something quite valuable.
Minority on minority murders - heart breaking.
Is the focus on gun violence a way that minority leaders can take the focus off of minority on minority violence?

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