Like I said, I have an in-law who is a police officer. I have had mostly positive experiences with police officers, except the one who used to drive by me every night because I took a walk at 3 AM before I went to bed. He was a jerk. But the fact that I know a good cop and have mostly positive experiences with them do not negate several forms of evidence that say, generally, black people are more likely than white people to be arrested for non-violent crime. They're more likely to be pulled over. I have a friend who is from the Middle East and he is "randomly" chosen to be searched every single time he goes through airport security. That's just how our world works.
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Are The Racial Disparities In Ferguson’s Traffic Stops Unusual?
By Mona Chalabi
For years, black residents of Ferguson, Missouri, have been disproportionately targeted by the city’s police officers for traffic stops, according to a damning Justice Department report released Wednesday detailing how the city police department violated civil rights laws. Data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) suggests that police behavior in Ferguson may not be that unusual.
In September 2013, the BJS published a report that found that overall, 10.2 percent of all U.S. drivers were stopped by police in 2011. However, the percentages varied depending on the race and ethnicity of the driver — 12.8 percent of all black or African-American drivers were stopped that year, compared with 10.4 percent of Hispanic or Latino drivers and 9.8 percent of white drivers.
There appears to be a similar disparity in Ferguson. According to the DOJ report, 85 percent of traffic stops in the city over the past two years involved African-Americans; 67 percent of residents are black. (It’s hard to make a direct comparison with the national data because we don’t know the racial demographics of the city’s driving population and because some of those traffic stops may have involved drivers from outside the city.) . . . .
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