Rare White People Stopped by NYPD More Likely to Carry Drugs | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

Rare White People Stopped by NYPD More Likely to Carry Drugs

New stats underline the racial bias of the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy.


Not a white people problem Photo via

By McCarton Ackerman


| Share

Despite NYPD officers primarily targeting minorities with their controversial stop-and-frisk policy, new numbers show that white people are more likely to be in possession of drugs or weapons. According to 2012 statistics released by the Public Advocate’s office, black people were one-third less likely to carry a contraband drug, and one-half as likely to have a gun, compared to white people detained for a search. The NYPD uncovered contraband in one out every 43 stops of white New Yorkers, compared to one out of 57 for Latinos and one out of 61 stops for African-Americans. But black and Latino New Yorkers constitute 84% of all stops, despite comprising just 54% of the city population, and turning up innocent nearly 89% of the time. As part of the ongoing Floyd v. City of New York case, in which four plaintiffs claim they were racially profiled by the NYPD, several officers have recently testified that the department targets minorities based on arbitrary assumptions of "reasonable suspicion." Officer Pedro Serrano, an 8-year veteran of the New York Police Department, testified that Deputy Inspector Christopher McCormick told him in a meeting to focus his duties on "male blacks 14 to 20, 21." Judge Shira A. Scheindlin will provide a ruling in a few months, but she has already expressed skepticism over the high error rate of the stop-and-frisk policy. “You reasonably suspect something and you’re wrong 90% of the time,” said Scheindlin to a lawyer representing the city. "So the point is: the suspicion turns out to be wrong in most cases."

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
Sober Living
Normies React to the 12 Steps

"I think admitting to having a problem in general is the right first step, but to admit powerlessness is unhealthy. .. I think admitting powerlessness is more harmful because it doesn't help. Admitting that you want and need help is more useful after admittance."

The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 


This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv