The NYPD recently released some grim statistics about shooting victims in New York City.
Black people in New York City are 25 percent more likely to be shot and more likely to be arrested for shooting a firearm, according to the latest set of statistics released by the city’s police department.
The data, which was collected during the first 6 months of 2013, also reported that 74 percent of the city’s 564 shooting victims and 70 percent of the 222 people arrested for shooting someone were black. Whites made up less than 3 percent of both shooting victims and arrests, and Hispanics made up 25.4 percent and 21.5 percent of suspects and arrests respectively.
Blacks also made up a majority of those questioned in the city’s stop-and-frisk program at almost 56 percent, and the majority of the city’s manslaughter victims at just under 64 percent.
Similar statistics have been used by Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to defend the stop-and-frisk program. Kelly says officers don’t stop minorities because of their race but because of the prevalence of crime in particular communities.
Earlier this month, NYC’s mayor-elect, Bill de Blasio, has reportedly vowed to drop the appeal for the August ruling that the program violated the civil rights of tens of thousands of blacks and Hispanics, and said he won’t keep Kelly as police commissioner when he takes office in January.
“If you believe that our young men of color should be respected and celebrated and not treated like suspects even when they’ve done nothing wrong, then you’ll be with me as we make these changes,” he said during a speech at the National Action Network in Harlem.