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Report: Poor Black Brooklynites Most Likely To Be Arrested For Turnstile Jumping (NY)
Monday, October 16, 2017
Report: Poor Black Brooklynites Most Likely To Be Arrested For Turnstile Jumping
"Half of the people arrested for turnstile jumping in Brooklyn in 2016 were young black men between the ages of 16 and 36, according to a new report from the nonprofit Community Service Society.
While police tend to make more arrests for fare beating in poor neighborhoods across the city, and dispatch more cops to areas with high crime rates, the report's author says that the number one factor in whether a turnstile jumper is arrested is the color of their skin.
"I think what's the most troubling is that even after you account for differences in poverty and differences in criminal activity, you still see disparity in black neighborhoods, compared to a predominantly Hispanic station," said Harold Stolper, a senior economist with the Community Service Society and the report's co-author. "That's when we get into the issues of racialized policing..."