New NYPD Data Show Black Students Disproportionately Arrested at School

New York Civil Liberties Union

May 30, 2012


Police arrested or ticketed more than 15 students each day in New York City public schools from January through March, according to an analysis of NYPD school safety data released today by the New York Civil Liberties Union. More than 96 percent of arrests were of black or Latino students; more than 73 percent were male. About 18 percent of arrests were of students between the ages of 11 and 14. Among arrests – the only incidents where racial data was released – 64 percent were of black students. Black students comprise only 31 percent of the student population in city schools. During this reporting period, police were 12 times more likely to make an arrest of a black student than a white student. “These data show how the impact of heavy-handed policing in city schools falls mostly on black students who account for 64 percent of the arrests, and on male students who represent about three-quarters of all arrests,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “If the Bloomberg administration truly wants to help young men of color succeed, then it must address these disparities and focus more resources on educating children, not arresting them.”
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