NYPD Picks Up Guns In Areas Where They're NOT Stopping/Frisking

There have been a number of studies that have shown the NYPD's controversial "stop and frisk" program to be problematic: that it targets young black and Latino men disproportionately, ending up with more stops of black men than black men who live in the city (meaning some are getting stopped over and over again) that the drop in crime in NYC actually preceded the beginning of the policy, and so on.

And now here's a new one: the areas where the police force picks up the most guns do not necessarily correlatewith the areas where the most stops take place.

WNYC mapped all street stops by police that resulted in the recovery of a gun last year. The digital map shows an interesting pattern. We located all the "hot spots" where stop and frisks are concentrated in the city, and found that most guns were recovered on people outside those hot spots—meaning police aren't finding guns where they're looking the hardest.

Check out the map below from WNYC:

The increased media heat on Stop and Frisk is adding to the building grassroots and political momentum to seriously reform the troubling policy.

Listen to the audio below. 

Get some moving social context on the issue at the Melissa Harris-Perry blog.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at July 17, 2012, 4:45am

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