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NYPD releases stop-and-frisk stats

| aaltman@queenscourier.com

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For the first time, the NYPD has released 2011 data regarding the controversial procedure of stop-and-frisk.

Among those stopped-and-frisked in 2011, 87 percent were either black or Hispanic, according to the report. Of the 685,724 stops made citywide, 53 percent were black while 34 percent were Hispanic. Only 9 percent of those stopped-and-frisked were white, while 4 percent were Asian.

The most common crime suspected was weapons possession, which accounted for 26 percent of all stops.

According to the report, Brooklyn’s 75th Precinct, comprising East New York and Cypress Hills, had the highest number of stops in the city, with more than 31,000, of which 97 percent of which were either black or Hispanic. The 73rd Precinct in Brooklyn, covering Brownsville, was the next highest with 25,167 stops, 98 percent of which involved minorities.

Queens’ 115th Precinct of East Elmhurst, Corona and Jackson Heights ranked third with 18,156 stops. Nearly 93 percent of those stopped were minorities.

The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), which fought to have stop-and-frisk statistics released last year, claims the system is a form of racial profiling, adding that the practice has not reduced the number of people who fall victim to shootings. In 2002, there were 1,892 victims of gunfire and 97,296 stops. In 2011, there were 1,821 victims of gunfire but a record 685,724 stops.




Five charged in Queens gun arsenal, marijuana bust

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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Five men and women, ranging in age from 17 to 62, have been arrested after police found multiple firearms and marijuana at their Jamaica home.

According to the NYPD, on January 15, members of the Queens Narcotics unit and 73rd Precinct in Brooklyn entered 145-09 133rd Avenue with a search warrant. Inside, they discovered an AK-47 assault rifle, a 9mm semi-auto pistol, a 357 revolver, 399 rounds of ammunition for those weapons, an ammunition drum capable of holding 75 rounds, a bullet proof vest and marijuana.

Leroy Lyking, 62, Deborah Lyking, 57, Deja Taitt, 17, Dawn Taitt, 38 and Troy Taitt, 38, have been charged with criminal possession of a machine gun, criminal possession of a loaded firearm, criminal possession of three or more firearms, criminal possession of an assault rifle, criminal possession of an ammo clip, criminal use of drug paraphernalia and criminal possession of marijuana.