John on September 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm
Mona Charen’s column today is a bit of a rattlesnake. She’s going after the NY Times, the Center for Constitutional Rights and a federal judge. All of the above seem to believe that NY cops are racially profiling people based on race:
The New York Times’ story then duly repeats statistics offered by the CCR’s Assistant Legal Director, Christopher Dunn. “In 2010, city officers made more street stops — 601,055 — than in any previous 12-month period.” Proving what exactly? The story editorializes: “As a practical matter, the stops display a measurable racial disparity: black and Hispanic people generally represent more than 85 percent of those stopped by the police, though their combined populations make up a small share of the city’s racial composition.”
It does sound disproportionate. The question is why? Charen points out that the reason, which the Times failed to report, is pretty clear:
“Blacks committed 66 percent of all violent crimes in the first half of 2009 (though they were only 55 percent of all stops and only 23 percent of the city’s population). Blacks committed 80 percent of all shootings in the first half of 2009. Together, blacks and Hispanics committed 98 percent of all shootings. Blacks committed nearly 70 percent of all robberies. Whites, by contrast, committed 5 percent of all violent crimes in the first half of 2009, though they are 35 percent of the city’s population (and were 10 percent of all stops). They committed 1.8 percent of all shootings and less than 5 percent of all robberies.”
If 98% of the gun crime is committed by minorities (presumably gangs are heavily involved) then that is where the vast majority of the police stops should be. If there’s a sensible argument to the contrary, I’d like to hear it.