90% of NYC residents arrested for 'COVID-19-related' crimes were black, Hispanic: NYPD

Maya Rajamani
May 12, 2020 - 6:06 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The NYPD has arrested 125 people for “COVID-19-related” crimes since the pandemic began — 90 percent of whom were black or Hispanic, data released Tuesday shows. 

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    Between March 16 and May 10, the department made 125 arrests for crimes including “hate crimes, domestic violence incidents, weapons possession, altercations caused by jumping a line while waiting to enter a supermarket, felony warrants… other violent felonies and resisting arrest,” it said. 

    Twenty-four percent of the people arrested for those crimes were Hispanic, 66.4 percent were black, 7.2 percent were white and 2.4 percent were Asian, the NYPD said. 

    The NYPD noted that none of the arrests were for social distancing violations. 

    “The crimes are characterized as COVID-19-related due to the circumstances of occurrence, remarks made by the arrestee at the time of the alleged crime or afterward, or statements made by a victim,” the department said in a release. 

    During one of the incidents, a bank robber handed a note to a teller that read, “This is a bank robbery, I have COVID,” the NYPD said.  

    Last week, the NYPD released data showing that the vast majority of social distancing summonses issued in New York City also went to black and Hispanic residents. 

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