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For City Teenagers, Stop-and-Frisk Is Black and White

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 - 01:55 PM

A WNYC analysis of police data reveals that one in five people stopped last year by the New York Police Department was a teenager between the ages of 14 and 18. Of these, 86 percent were either black or Latino, most of them boys.

Last year, there were more than 120,000 stops of black and Latino children between 14 and 18. The total number of black and Latino boys that age in the entire city isn’t much more than that – about 177,000 – which strongly suggests that a teenage male with dark skin in New York City will probably get stopped and frisked by the time he’s graduated from high school.

Listen to the story by Ailsa Chang here . You will hear from students attending Stuyvesant High School in Lower Manhattan and Teachers Preparatory High School in Brownsville, Brooklyn.

WNYC mapped the exact coordinates of every recorded stop of a teenager in 2011. The densest hot spot for stop-and-frisks of teenagers last year was a four-block section of Brownsville, next to Teachers Preparatory, near the Marcus Garvey public housing projects.

In this area alone, kids between 14 and 18 made up more than 2,700 of the nearly 8,000 people stopped by police in 2011. Within a three-block radius around Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, police stopped teens seven times last year.

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