When you randomly stop virtually every person in any community, sooner or later you are going to find illegal contraband. That's how mass "Stop and Frisk" is used to criminalize generation after generation of blacks with misdemeanor arrests. The resulting "criminal" record is then used to block blacks from entire sections of the job market for the rest of their lives. This is also why mass "Stop and Frisk" is not inflicted on white communities — If you stopped every other white teenager, what do you think you would find in their pockets? The chief of the NYPD has just admitted that years of "Stop and Frisk" (targeting literally hundreds of thousands of blacks) has helped to keep the police force overwhelmingly white. Then he changed his mind and demanded a retraction from the British newspaper that reported his comments.
|New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. (Illustration by DonkeyHotey)|
Hiring more non-white officers is difficult because so many would-be recruits have criminal records, the New York police commissioner, Bill Bratton, has said.
an interview with the Guardian. Police departments, responding to widespread protests against several high-profile police killings of black men, are boosting efforts to recruit more non-white officers. But budget restrictions, strained relations between police and minority communities and, according to Bratton, a history of indiscriminate policing tactics that disproportionately target black and Latino men complicate the department’s goal of racial parity.
Bratton blamed the “unfortunate consequences” of an explosion in “stop, question and frisk” incidents that caught many young men of color in the net by resulting in them being given a summons for a minor misdemeanor. As a result, Bratton said, the “population pool [of eligible non-white officers] is much smaller than it might ordinarily have been”.
The application process to join the NYPD includes, among other things, a complete criminal background check.
The controversial stop-and-frisk policy was struck down in 2013 by a federal judge, who called the practice a “policy of indirect racial profiling”. Judge Shira A Scheindlin found that the program led officers to routinely stop “blacks and Hispanics who would not have been stopped if they were white”.
But critics say Bratton - who helped shrink the widespread use of stop-and-frisk -is partly, if not ultimately, responsible for the relative paucity of eligible non-white recruits.
“It is a net that he set out for them,” said Rochelle Bilal, vice-chair of the National Black Police Association and a former Philadelphia police officer. “If [Bratton] didn’t stop people for nothing, he might have a bigger pool to hire from.”
Black defendants were 15% more likely than white defendants to be imprisoned for misdemeanor offenses and drug offenses, and 14% more likely than their white counterparts to be imprisoned for felony drug offenses, according to a July 2014 study, published by the Vera Institute of Justice of prosecutions handled by the Manhattan district attorney’s office. Overall, black defendants were 5% more likely to be sentenced to time in prison than white defendants facing a similar charge, the study found.