In an effort to address the racial disparity in subway fare evasion arrests, a state supreme court judge is ordering the NYPD to release all its arrest and summons data.
The court is demanding the department follow a law that requires it to post quarterly arrest statistics online. This includes all of the arrests made at each of the 400-plus subway stations in the city.
The NYPD has missed several reporting deadlines according to City Council Member Rory Lancman, who heads the Committee on the Justice System.
Officials say 89 percent of people arrested in these cases are people of color.
The NYPD responded with a statement, saying:
“Ensuring the safety of all New Yorkers comes first, and we worked diligently to release data that satisfies the intent of the legislation. While taking into account security concerns, we are working with the Law Department to review the decision and our options.”