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The report found that, though black residents made up 67 percent of the St. Louis suburb's population, they accounted for 95 percent of all jaywalking charges, 94 percent of all failure to comply charges, 92 percent of all resisting arrest charges, 92 percent of all peace disturbance charges and 89 percent of failure to obey charges. Offenders are subject to fines for many of these infractions.
After a New York City police officer killed Eric Garner in July, the New York Civil Liberties Union compiled arrest statistics in New York City and found that, though Hispanic and black New Yorkers make up 50 percent of the city's population, they accounted for 81 percent of the 7.3 million people hit with violations between 2001 and 2013.
n Ferndale, Michigan, which is part of the Detroit metropolitan area, the ACLU of Michigan said, "Although blacks make up less than 10 percent of Ferndale’s population, according to the 2010 census, they made up approximately 60 (percent) of the drivers who received traffic citations in Ferndale [between Jan. 1, 2013, and May 15, 2014] when the race of the driver was known.”
When confronted with racial disparities in arrest statistics, police often say they arrest the people who are committing the crimes, regardless of what their race is.
originally posted by: cj6
What happened to the body cams? I know some of the departments have them but not all. They need to change it so it can't be turned off since I know there are plenty of recent incidents that involve the officers turning the cams off. Honestly the body cam is a very good idea and I believe it would help in a way if only they change the functionality so it can't be turned off by the officer.
originally posted by: theantediluvian
a reply to: Snarl
Yes, cops know that it's easier to over police and dehumanize poor people because they lack the means to adequately defend their rights. The answer is to demilitarize the police, band together to demand equal protection of everyone's civil rights and end the "War on Drugs?" I trust that's where you were going with this?
originally posted by: RickyD
Stereotypes suck...however there wouldn't be a stereotype if enough people didn't notice a pattern in a specific community. I mean they may not apply to all of the group it's attributed to, but usually applies to enough to be noticed by society.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Department of Justice agency devoted to preventing drug use and sale within the US, tells its agents not to enforce drug laws in rich white areas, according to a former employee.
That’s when I asked the question, well, don’t they sell drugs out in Potomac and Springfield, and places like that? Maybe you all think they don’t, but statistics show they use more drugs out in those areas [rich and white] than anywhere.