Watch out for people with green eyes: In 2006, the NYPD recorded data on over 500,000 stops in order to estimate how much of a problem officers have with racial bias. Here are the percent of stops that resulted in an arrest:
Percent of stops resulting in an arrest
Asian/Pacific Islander 4.4
American Indian 3.0
Black Hispanics 4.5
White Hispanics 4.3
I see zero evidence here of bias against non-whites. This, in spite of the fact Hispanics and especially blacks are much more belligerent than other groups.
But the more interesting part. For every racial category with sufficient numbers, people with green eyes are significantly more likely to be arrested. The overall arrest rate is 4.1 percent, and here are the percent with green eyes who are arrested:
Percent of people with green eyes who are arrested
Black 7.3 (N = 820)
Black Hispanic 7.2 (N = 207)
White Hispanic 7.0 (N = 1,626)
White 7.4 (3,802)
All cases 7.1 (N = 6,787)
People with green eyes, regardless of race, are 1.7 times more likely to get hauled in. Does anyone have an explanation for this?
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