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Janell Ross | Posted 03.13.2013 | Black Voices
Janell Ross

A series of billboards and ads placed on bus stops in Brooklyn make the raw data behind the New York Police Department's controversial stop and frisk program plain, Colorlines reports. "In 70 out of 76 precincts, Black and Latino people accounted for more than 50% of stops, and comprised more than 90% of stops in 33 precincts. Even in precincts where the numbers of Black and Latino residents are very low (e.g., 8% in the 6th Precinct in Greenwich Village), they were still more than 70% of stops in six of those precincts," according to the tubmler page racismstillexists.tumblr.com. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo openly criticized the program in a speech this week, but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg insists that it is a useful crime fighting tool.