Ben Chapman, NY Daily News, February 22, 2012
Cops arrest an average of five kids each day in city schools — and nearly all of those students are black or Hispanic, newly released data shows.
The New York Civil Liberties Union said the arrests are “unfair” and introduce minority children into the criminal justice system unnecessarily.
“Children are being sent to the precinct instead of the principal’s office for misbehaving,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman.
The numbers cover Oct. 1 to Dec. 30, 2011, and were released by the police to comply with a city law enacted last year.
Cops arrested 279 students — about five a day in 55 days of classes. They also issued 532 summons to students for offenses ranging from assault to loitering — nine a day.
Nearly 94% of the students arrested were black or Hispanic, and 75 % were male.
Black students were almost six times more likely to be arrested than white students, according to the data, Lieberman said.