The Police Reform Organizing Project, a New York City–based advocacy group, has released a report tallying nearly 2 million “punitive interactions” between New Yorkers and the NYPD in 2014. Documenting everything from public drinking summonses to moving violations, it reinforces what has been clear for a long while now: that the NYPD continues its aggressive enforcement of “broken windows” policies, with minority communities bearing the brunt of the effects.
Consumption of alcohol is still the charge most likely to land you in court, the study shows, with 116,929 summonses issued in 2014. And some of the racial breakdowns are stark. Fully 94.4 percent of juvenile arrests in 2014 involved black or Latino youth.
But the pace of these interactions is what really grabs attention — nearly 5,700 per day in all categories, including 1,074 criminal summonses and 774 misdemeanor arrests.
The numbers aren’t exactly surprising, but the group’s president, Bob Gangi, says that’s kind of the point. NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton has touted the idea that historically low levels of crime in the city should entrain what he called a “peace dividend,” when the aggressive policing of the past is no longer necessary.
But the numbers, Gangi says, compiled from the department’s own statistics, “really undercut Bratton’s claim that we’re in this age of a peace dividend. The NYPD is still very much at war with communities of color.”
Read the full report below.
Jon Campbell is a staff writer for the Voice, covering criminal justice, legal issues, and the occasional mutant park squirrel. Tip him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter at @j0ncampbell.