Sunday, August 14, 1977

A Little Light on the Blackout

A statistical portrait of persons arrested as looters in New York City’s blackout last July 13-14, seems to contradict statements made by President Carter and others that the looters were largely people who were jobless and hungry.

The Criminal Justice Agency surveyed 2,706 adults arrested and found that 45 percent had jobs, a rate significantly higher than normal among criminal suspects. Only 10 percent were on welfare compared with the usual 15 percent.

But the Brooklyn DA, who did his own survey, said that discounting those in training or poverty programs, the actual employed came to only 11 percent.

excerpt NYT 8/14/77

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