POLICE REFORM ORGANIZING PROJECT (PROP) FACT SHEET
• 82% of the people arrested in NYC in 2010 were black or Latino.
• 91% of all juvenile arrests in NYC in 2010 involved black or Latino youth.
• 87% of the 50,000 people NYPD arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession in 2010 were black or Latino.
• A resident of Brownsville is 150 times mroe likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a resident of the Upper East Side.
• Combining arrest and summons cases, the NYC Criminal Court handled over 970,000 cases in 2010.
• The NYPD handed out over 600,000 summonses for violations in 2009, amounting to an average of over 1,600 per day, which generated $5.4 million in revenue.
• NYPD gave out over 132,000 summonses for open alcohol containers in 2009, an average of 362 a day.
• Of the 382,000 misdemeanor criminal summonses such as disorderly conduct and loitering handled by NYC courts in 2008, over 193,000 (51%) were tossed out by the courts.
• NYPD has over 50,000 personnel, including approximately 40,000 uniformed officers.
• NYC has more police officers per capita than both Chicago and Los Angeles.
• NYC spends $4.3 billion per year on the NYPD budget, which is almost 4 times the amount that both Chicago and Los Angeles allocate.
STOP AND FRISKS
• 88% of the NYPD’s nearly 684,330 stops in 2011 involved black or Latino individuals.
• Force was used during stop and frisks for 1 out of every 4 black men.
• The number of stop and frisks has increased 600% since 2002.
• In the first quarter of 2011, suspect descriptions accounted for only 15% of the reasons that people were stopped.
• 93% of the cases where force was used during stop and frisk involved black and Latino individuals.
• 90% of the summonses given during stop and frisk were to black or Latino individuals.
• 72% of Harlem household members reported that they and their regular visitors were stopped 5-20 times in 2008.
CLAIMS AGAINST THE NYPD
• Over the last five years, New York City has paid more than $500 million in settlements and judgments against the NYPD, often involving misconduct claims against individual officers. In 2010 alone, NYC paid $136 million in such claims against the NYPD.
• Claims against the NYPD have increased 71% between 2001 and 2010, with claims against the NYPD increasing 25% between 2009 and 2010 alone.
• NYC is hiring an additional 28 attorneys to handle the increasing volume of tort claims being brought against the NYPD, at an approximate cost of over $2 million annually.