Look out below: Book claims cops most likely to cuff fare jumpers at stations in black nabes

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This book tells black commuters what to know before they go.

Leaders of a city-based social-justice group recently published a book that identifies the borough subway stations where cops are most likely to cuff fare jumpers in an attempt to shed light on what the authors argue is a massive disparity in the skin color of offenders.

“The reason I created the book is because the numbers of black people being arrested for fare evasion is unconscion­able,” said Brandon Hicks, an organizer at civil-rights organization, National Action Network.

Transit officers who catch someone evading a fare can take several actions, including issuing warnings, citations, or arresting the person, according to the creator of “The Black Commuters’ Guide: Brooklyn”, who said cops typically choose cuffs — the stiffest penalty — for black offenders.

“The harshest crime is arrest and that is always the case for black people,” Hicks said. “Either this is implicit bias or they are deliberately preying on black people, because the numbers are not reasonable.”

The police department’s Transit District 33 — which includes stations in Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, East New York, and Brownsville — books the vast majority of fare jumpers offenders, according to the book.

Stations at Atlantic, Livonia, and Sutter avenues along the L-train line and the 3-train’s Junius Street station, all of which are in predominantly black and low-income neighborhoods, are the hubs with the highest arrest rates, Hicks said.

In 2016, 90 percent of all of fare-evasion offenders cuffed by police were people of color, and 60 percent of them were black, according to the author, who said black men between the ages of 16 and 36 accounted for the majority of the arrests.

National Action Network members tried to meet with the captain of Transit District 33, but have yet to confirm a sit-down, Hicks said.

The book is an homage to “The Negro Motorist Green Book,” published during the Jim Crow era to alert black travelers on sundown towns, interstates, cities, and lodgings they could safely visit. But it is also a tool for black straphangers, who should know where to look out for police, Hicks said.

“Brooklyn needs to be aware of these places and where arrest rates are higher,” he said.

Reach reporter Alexandra Simon at (718) 260–8310 or e-mail her at
Updated 5:50 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mustafa Khant from Atlantic Ave says:
Ask Willy Sutton why he robbed banks.
Jan. 12, 2018, 8:11 am
John from Bay Ridge says:

Here is some advice. Pay your subway fare and you won’t have to worry about being cuffed for fare evasion, otherwise known as theft of services.
Jan. 12, 2018, 8:15 am
Law and Disorder from Formally of Brooklyn now N C says:
Break the law pay the price
Jan. 12, 2018, 12:01 pm
Gary from Fort Greene says:
“Either this is implicit bias or they are deliberately preying on black people, because the numbers are not reasonable.”

William of Ockham would disagree.
Jan. 12, 2018, 5:23 pm
SCR from Realityvillle says:
Admittedly circa 1983,at a time,when the NYC Busses&Subways;sucked even more-I frequently dodged the fare. It was much easier then. In most subway stations,all I had to do,was walk through a yellow gate. I was especially infuriated by the then,double-fare,bus to subway riders;such as I-had to pay. Yet I never dared to NOT pay,in front of then"Transit-Cop",or even a NYCTA guard. Don't be STUPID,if you are going to BREAK THE LAW!!
Jan. 12, 2018, 5:46 pm
Not Goish from Prospect Heights says:
Will the publisher of the BP soon be meeting with a rep from Sharpton's gang, fat envelope full of large, unmarked American currency inside? That's usually the modus operandi, right?
Jan. 12, 2018, 6:27 pm
Kyle from Windsor Terrace says:
What are the chances of jumpers paying fines?

The subway is becoming too costly.
Jan. 12, 2018, 7:23 pm
SCR from Realityvillle says:
Sorry,Henry Ford!! I White SCR skipped paying the fare numerous times,circa 1983. I knew the then $3.00 r/t fare to be a total rip-off. Back then there was double-fare(75-cents for the bus to the subway,times two),and there was no unlimited fare options. Subway,even bus-service,was consistently,even worse than it is now. I don't apologize for this act,even now.
Jan. 13, 2018, 10:20 am
Boris from Borough Park says:
SCR, you are white who is fare evader from 1983? Why do you think that is relevant? Though perhaps you realize that you are lowlife scum.
Jan. 13, 2018, 5:26 pm
Petey from Sunset Park says:
The answer is simple. Don't break the law. No matter what race you are.
Jan. 15, 2018, 10:46 am

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