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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"Pockets of City See Higher Use of Force During Police Stops"

From The New York Times. In part:

The police used some level of physical force in more than one in five stops across the city last year, according to an analysis by The New York Times. In the West Bronx, the rate was more than double that. Yet the high level of force seldom translated into arrests, raising questions among black and Latino leaders about whether officers were using enough discretion before making the stops in the first place, much less before resorting to force.

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City Councilman Fernando Cabrera, who represents the West Bronx, called the numbers “alarming.”

“If indeed they were resisting arrest, or if there were any other kinds of crimes being committed that would call for that kind of aggressiveness, you would expect to see a correlation in arrests,” he said. “Instead, we see the total opposite.”

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