About 22 percent of Bed-Stuy residents living in the 81st Precinct were a target of stop-and-frisk questioning last year—the fourth highest percentage of residents stopped in the city—says a new report by the New York Civil Liberties Union.
About 16 percent of residents in the 79th Precinct reported being a target of stop-and-frisks last year, ranking at number 13 in the city.
Altogether, the 81st Precinct saw 13,651 stops last year, while the 79th Precinct saw 14,495, and both communities ranked in the NYCLU report's top 20 list of most reported stop-and-frisks overall.
The Daily News recently profiled neighboring Brownsville, near the top of the list with 25,167 street stops. According to the report, a staggering one-third of all Brownsville residents said they had been questioned by police last year.
The NYCLU says that their stats prove that race is an issue when officers are looking to fill arrest quotas, pointing out that a largely black neighborhood like East New York, had the most stops with 31,100, which a mostly white neighborhood like Greenpoint only saw 2,023 stops, according to the article.
“No matter how you slice it, counting the number of stops, or the stops per capita, blacks and Latinos were targets,” Donna Lieberman, executive director of the NYCLU, told the Daily News.
Last week, a judge granted class action status to for concentrating stop-and-frisks in largely minority neighborhoods.