Most city students arrested in school are minorities: Report
Cops in city schools arrested or ticketed at least 11 students each day on average, according to a new report, most of whom are black or Latino.
The New York Civil Liberties Union, which published the report Tuesday, blasted the city for the number of minority students who face criminal charges each year, and for having more police officers in schools than guidance counselors.
"What used to be a walk to the principal's office is now a walk in handcuffs to your local precinct," Udi Ofer, the group's advocacy director, told amNewYork.
The report said there were 882 arrests and 1,666 summonses over a year of classes, according to records obtained by the NYCLU. More than 95% of those arrested were black or Latino, and nearly two-thirds of the alleged crimes were described as "disorderly conduct."
The education department did not directly address the report's findings. But in an email, spokeswoman Marge Feinberg said, "In the last 10 years, we've reduced major crimes committed in schools by 49% and violent crime by 45%, while still maintaining one of the lowest rates of school-based arrests for any major district in the country."
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne slammed the group's report.
"The NYCLU's kneejerk reaction to claim racism is as old as it is false," Browne said in an email. "The NYCLU persists in smearing school safety agents and police officers who do good work professionally and in an unbiased manner."