New statistics covering New York City’s MTA crime statistics show that the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers arrested for fare-beating by the NYPD in 2015 were people of color.
The study finds a whopping 92% of those arrested for jumping turnstiles – the most common method of fare beating, were people of color.
Of the 28, 969 people arrested on the charge of theft of services – which primarily consists of fare evasion – just 2,291 were white, compared to the 26,678 who were black, Hispanic, or Asian, according to statistics from the state Divison of Criminal Justice Services analyzed by the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP).
Robert Gangi of PROP says the statistics are a “concrete example of the stark racism associated with broken windows policing.”
“If the police really wanted to stop fare beating, they would have someone just standing at the turnstile,” Gangi added.
“What the cops do is that one or two officers will hide somewhere on the platform and when someone tries to jump the turnstiles they come out of the shadows and make an arrest.”
“Individual officers are interested in hitting their numbers, making their quotas,” he added. “The numbers show it’s blatantly racist.”