Raw demographics don't reveal discrimination

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 - 9:08 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013 - 11:40 am

Re "Blacks, Latinos bear brunt of New York's 'stop and frisk' policing" (Viewpoints, Aug. 20): According to Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute, 90 percent of murder suspects in New York City and in some parts of Brooklyn as many as 93 percent of criminal suspects are black or Hispanic.

Syndicated columnist Eugene Robinson thinks that the fact that 86 percent of "stop and frisk" targets are black and Hispanic is disproportionate. How does he feel about the fact that women are seldom targeted for "stop and frisk" despite the fact that they make up over 50 percent of the resident population?

Common sense tells us that the victims of crime have some idea as to the ethnicity of the criminal, and that the police respond to those reports rather than raw demographics.

-- John Paul, Carmichael

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