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Black and Latino students are more likely to be handcuffed by school safety officers, new data revealed.
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Minority children are handcuffed disproportionately in crisis incidents in New York City public schools in 2016, according to school safety data.

The New York Civil Liberties Union analyzed New York City data and found that while arrests made by school safety officers are down, NYPD officers are playing a larger role in city school arrests. According to the data, black and Latino students are handcuffed disproportionately and a large percentage of arrests made in schools were for non-school-related incidents that took place off school grounds.

The NYCLU said that more has to be done to eliminate “extreme” racial disparities in who is arrested and given summonses. The civil rights organization said NYPD officers need to cut back on the number of children who are unnecessarily handcuffed and that officers need to lessen their role in school discipline.

“We have made a great deal of progress over the last few years, and it’s very clear that the use of harsh police tactics in school disciplinary matters is neither necessary nor effective to keep children and staff safe,” NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman said. “We must make sure that NYPD policies and practices in schools foster a safe and supportive learning environment for all children.”

Since 2015, under amendments to the Student Safety Act, the NYPD must now report data on the number of arrests by all officers in schools as well as the use of handcuffs. Data shows that minority students are far more likely to be handcuffed in a “child in crisis” incident, where a student is “displaying signs of emotional distress,” removed from the classroom and taken to a hospital for a psychological evaluation.

In 2016, there were 262 “child in crisis” incidents where handcuffs were used, and 99 percent of those incidents involved black or Latino children, according to city data. The data showed 259 of the students were black and Latino, one student was Native American and two were white.

The data also revealed that although arrests by school safety officers have gone down overall, only 11.5 percent of total arrests in city schools were conducted by school safety officers. The other 88.5 percent of arrests were conducted by NYPD precinct officers. NYCLU said that this is “troubling” because NYPD officers have no training in the school environment. The NYCLU recommended that the city adopt a memorandum of understanding to limit the role of police in school discipline and ensure that NYPD personnel in schools operate in a manner consistent with the best interests of children.

According to the data, more than one quarter of total arrests at schools were for non-school-related incidents that took place off school grounds. The NYCLU said this could mean NYPD officers may be going to schools to target children in conjunction with criminal investigations that have no connection to the school.

“Police officers should never handcuff students who don’t pose an immediate safety threat,” NYCLU Advocacy Director Johanna Miller said. “And the NYPD should not treat schools as places to hunt for students they believe committed a crime off of school grounds. Students should never be afraid to go to school.”

Reach Gina Martinez by e-mail at gmartinez@cnglocal.com or by phone at (718) 260–4566.

Updated 3:50 pm, May 11, 2017
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yshaggy from jamaica says:
Wow you think that may have something to do with behavioral issues....or just ignore that, and pretend it's racism.
May 11, 9:57 am
Queens from Bayside says:
Minorities are Italians, Irish, Jews and other European origins.
May 11, 10:53 am
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
Ah, let's get one thing straight from the get go, Black & Hispanic students in NYC public schools certainly are NOT in the minority, they tend to be the majority. So let's be upfront with that.

Second, how did they come to the conclusion that Black and Hispanic students are handcuffed disproportionately (which by the way, doesn't Time Ledger proof read, they misspelled disproportionately in the damn title).

In the article:

In 2016, there were 262 “child in crisis” incidents where handcuffs were used, and 99 percent of those incidents involved black or Latino children, according to city data. The data showed 259 of the students were black and Latino, one student was Native American and two were white.

Well, let see if I still remember my grade school math. Out of the 262 "child in crisis" (READ: UNRULY BEHAVIOR, child in crisis my butt), 259 were black and Hispanic, 1 was Native American and 2 were white, so then from those numbers the MAJORITY of bad behavior came from Black and Hispanic students, so then, logically handcuffs were slapped on Black and Hispanic students. And as one who lives in Jamaica, every time there is some kind of damn nonsense, bad behavior, shootings, killings, stabbings, the majority of the time it involves Black (African-Americans) and Hispanic people, not Indians, not Muslims, not Jews, not white, not Bangladeshi, not Chinese, not Japanese, not Korean..........do I need to go on. And the majority of the time, they are AMERICANS or 2nd generation immigrants.

The article below states:

The NYCLU said that more has to be done to eliminate “extreme” racial disparities in who is arrested and given summonses.

What more that needs to be done is for parents, be it two or single parents, to discipline their children, teach them right from wrong, be respectful not only of themselves but others, the community and the environment, but kind of hard to do when some of the parents are just as bad. Set boundaries and don't have you children or teenagers out at all hours hanging in front of bodegas and on corners, again, in Jamaica, BLACK & HISPANIC, not Muslims, not Indians, not white............you get the point.

Case closed. This is not rocket science, this is REALITY. So stop making BS excuses and making an issue out of something that is NOT AN ISSUE. The issue is the behavior of these students, who happen to be mostly Black and Hispanic.

I so dislike this kind of crap and trying to create something that is not really there.

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May 11, 1:22 pm
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May 11, 9:39 pm
... says:
Oookay joe, let's do some math.

Actually, first let's start with reading comp. The article states that there were 262 child in crisis incidents THAT INVOLVED HANDCUFFS, 259 of which affected black/latino kids. In case you didn't already see my point, that number is just the number of handcuffings, not the number of CiC incidents (and yes, I agree it's a stupid name). That's how they're being disproportionately affected.

Now for the math. About 70 percent of NYC public school students are black/latino, and despite your claims otherwise (which I'll address in more detail in a sec) it's a well known fact that disruptive behavior is spread pretty evenly across races. Now you talk about Jamaica having a lot of black/latino crime, which I won't deny. However -- and I think this is something you have trouble with -- Jamaica =/= all of New York. What you see in your neighborhood is in no way representative of what's happening in the city as a whole. So while you may see lots of certain people committing crimes in your area, go to another area and I guarantee you it'll be different.

Joe, I respect you for caring so much about Jamaica. I just hope that you don't generalize what you see, as that's wrong and leads to misunderstandings of larger realities such as this.
May 11, 10:01 pm
world clock from Queens says:
Another billshyt story from timeledger. Figures.
May 12, 3:11 am
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
But "says", just like the article you have not brought up any numbers/statistics to prove what you said. According to population statistics in NYC (2010) , 44.6 are white, 25.1 are black and 27.5 are Hispanic. For sake of argument I am just using these three ethnic groups.

But in 2016 in NYC regarding shootings (first number is victim, 2nd is suspect, 3rd is arrestee.

White: 2.9% 1.9% 2.3%

Black 72.5% 70.7% 67.5%

Hispanic 23.3% 26.9% 29.2%

I suggest you read the NYPD report: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/analysis_and_planning/year-end-2016-enforcement-report.pdf

I am not being "racist" nor am I generalizing, I am dealing in statistics and facts. And since i have been all over NYC and the different boroughs, it is not like I have my head in the clouds.
May 12, 6:01 am
yshaggy from jamaica says:
Ask any bus operator in queens what they see happen on their buses at dismissal time, regulars who leave home early to make sure they are not on the bus at this time, screaming, fights, jumping out of windows and sometimes throwing things out of the windows of the bus at passing cars, some of the drivers have told me that they pick certain routes that don't have these minorities in order to go home without a headache.
May 12, 11:15 am
... says:
Joe, shootings are not all crime. You have to look at the total crime stats to get a good picture, and if you do so, you'll see I'm right.
May 13, 12:39 pm
Joe Moretti from Jamaica says:
"says", do you even bother reading that 2016 NYPD statistic link. I was just using one example, but it does not matter what crime it is, murder, misdemeanors, assault, grand larceny, sex crimes, firearms, etc. And the good picture you are referring to in your "alternative facts" does not exist, total crime is still higher in those two groups,Black and Hispanic. Amazing that people do not want to see the truth, even when it is smacked into their face.

So YES, you are WRONG.
May 13, 5:25 pm

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