Racial Impact of Quality of Life Policing

, New York Law Journal

Steven Zeidman, a professor of law at CUNY School of Law, writes: Imagine a place where the local police annually stop and frisk about 530,000 people, arrest 360,000, and issue summonses to another 600,000, for a staggering total of over 1.5 million such law-enforcement encounters. Imagine as well that close to 90 percent of those arrested, stopped and frisked, or issued a summons are people of color. You need not imagine; that is the reality in New York City.

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