Police disproportionately arrest and restrain students of color in New York City public schools — even as the crime rate in city schools continued to decline, according to The New York Daily News.
Analyzing newly released arrest data, The Daily News discovered that Black and Hispanic students were involved in 93 percent of law enforcement actions in city schools from January to March, yet they represent 68 percent of students.
“Black and Latino students continue to suffer the most from dehumanizing and traumatic contact with the police,” Zakiyah Ansari, director of Alliance for Quality Education Advocacy, told the newspaper.
The analysis raised fresh concerns about progress toward dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline.
Assistant Chief Brian Conroy told The Daily News that the police department plans to meet with city lawmakers and education officials quarterly to address the disparities.
“We are very concerned that the racial disparity still exists, even with the lower enforcement numbers,” he added.
White students, representing 15 percent of public school students, accounted for 3 percent of arrests. Moreover, the police were far more likely to handcuff a student of color. Authorities restrained White kids only 14 times out of 673 reported incidents. By contrast, they handcuffed Black and Hispanic kids 627 times.
SOURCE: New York Daily News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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