Black inmates serve an average of 80 more days than white inmates for the same crime, a New York Times analysis shows. Parole board members are mostly white, with law enforcement backgrounds, having little in common with black and Latino inmates. Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered an investigation of racial bias in the corrections system.
Study of traffic stops in 2014 found that racial disparities were more pronounced for drivers under 25. The findings mirrored those in studies from other area, including Oakland, Ca., North Carolina, and Connecticut.
Since 1999, an average of 90 black people have been killed each year in police chases, nearly double what would be expected based on their percentage of the population, a USA Today investigation finds.
Elected Judge James Oakley apologizes for saying “time for a tree and a rope” about Otis McKane, who allegedly killed a San Antonio police officer on Sunday. Oakley deleted the Facebook post, calling it “curt and harsh.”
The President recalls a big drop in his approval ratings after he took the side of black Harvard Prof. Henry Gates, who was arrested at his own door by a white police officer. Obama likens the reaction to “tribal impulses.”
In an unusual move, the city’s Police Commission dedicated its entire weekly meeting to the issue of officer bias against minorities. No bias complaint has ever been upheld by the LAPD, but residents and community activists, both black and Latino, shared stories of moments they felt profiled by police. “They fear the police,” said one activist.
Tuesday’s session is designed as a “robust discussion” of allegations of biased policing, what incoming officers learn about bias during their time in the academy and how supervisors are trained to guard against it. The LAPD has prepared a 143-page report for the meeting.
Pete Saenz, the mayor of Laredo, Texas, who was criticized last year for hosting what Trump dubbed a “dangerous” trip to the border badlands, said he is optimistic that the president-elect will get over his campaign bluster. Others aren’t so sure. Illegal immigrants are being urged to be vigilant. “Remember that you have rights,” one Spanish-language radio host told them.