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NYPD Averaged 4 Arrests in City Schools Daily, Report Says

Posted Aug 15, 2012 12:33 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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With a full year of data to work with, a new analysis by the New York Civil Liberties Union shows police averaged four arrests and seven summons a day at the city's public school. And an overwhelming majority of arrestees were black or Latino.

The analysis comes after a year's worth of data was collected under city counsel requirements to document and disclose school safety data, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The data, which didn't say whether those arrested were students, reportedly showed that from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2012, officers in the School Safety Division made 882 arrests and issued 1,666 summonses, the WSJ reports. Of those arrested, more than 95 percent were black or Latino.

NYCLU Advocacy Director Udi Ofer, tells the WSJ that police shouldn't be in the business of school discipline. "What used to be a walk to the principal's office is now a walk in handcuffs to the local precinct," he is quoted saying.

An NYPD spokesman criticized the NYCLU analysis and unfairly focusing on race.

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