A report released on Monday by the New York City Police Department shows Brooklyn leads all five boroughs in the number of recorded stop-and-frisks in 2011, and nearly 90 percent of those stopped were either black or Hispanic residents.
The report, entitled “2011 Reasonable Suspicion Stops,” breaks down by precinct and by race the number and the nature of stop-and-frisk throughout the city.
The report shows that in 2011, NYPD made a total of 685,724 “reasonable suspicion stops,” – the highest number since the NYPD started recording stop-and-frisk figures in 2002 – with 25.6 percent of all stops listed for weapons possession, the top suspected crime reported.
Brooklyn and Queens was recorded as having the most reports of stop-and-frisk, with Brooklyn’s 97th Precinct covering East New York showing 31,000 stops in 2011, the most of any precinct in the city.
The 73rd Precinct covering Brownsville in Brooklyn, was the next highest, with 25,167 stops. And Queens’s, 115th Precinct covering East Elmhurst, Corona and Jackson Heights ranked third, with 18,156 stops.
Bed-Stuy’s 79th Precinct had 14,495 stops and the 81st Precinct had 13,651 stops.
In both of Bed-Stuy’s 79th and 81st Precincts, the top crime suspected for stopping individuals was weapons possession, accounting for 27.4 percent of all stops in the 79 and 26 percent of all stops in the 81.