ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

New York’s Police Force Criminalized So Many Blacks, It Struggles for Diverse Hires

New York’s Police Force Criminalized So Many Blacks, It Struggles for Diverse Hires

Earlier this week, William Bratton, commissioner of New York City’s police department, raised eyebrows by bemoaning the challenge of hiring black police officers. “We have a significant population gap among African-American males because so many of them have spent time in jail and, as such, we can’t hire them,” Bratton told The Guardian in an interview published on Tuesday. The commissioner then acknowledged this smaller applicant pool is, in part, one of the “unfortunate consequences” of controversial policing strategies such as stopping, frisking, and interrogating people on the street.Studies and lawsuits have found this NYPD strategy disproportionately affects people of color—particularly young black and Latino men.

Roughly 16 percent of the NYPD’s officers are black, while roughly 26 percent of New York City residents are black. Meanwhile, black New York City residents comprise more than half of all street stops and interrogations each year.

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For Four Decades, This Same-Sex Couple Fought to Marry

For Four Decades, This Same-Sex Couple Fought to Marry

Colombia, the Surprising Global Leader in Transgender Rights

Colombia, the Surprising Global Leader in Transgender Rights