Created: January 13, 2020 08:46 PM
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City's policing of subway fare beaters is drawing scrutiny from the state’s attorney general for possible racial bias.
Letitia James announced Monday that her office is investigating the New York Police Department's fare-enforcement practices after the department released new data showing black and Hispanic people account for the vast majority of its fare-related summonses and arrests.
James' office sent a letter to the police commissioner Monday seeking additional data, such as the number of officers assigned to each subway station each day - figures she said could shed light on whether officers are targeting communities of color.
NYPD spokeswoman Devora Kaye said officers "patrol day and night to keep 6 million daily riders safe and enforce the law fairly and equally without consideration of race or ethnicity.”
James' letter also seeks information on any arrangements made between the police department and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the subway system, regarding enforcement of fare evasion laws.
James, a Democrat, promised to take legal action if her office finds evidence of discrimination.
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