Rioting began on July 23, 1967, after a late-night police raid on a “blind pig,” an illegal after-hours club. Over five days, 43 people were killed, 1,200 injured and 7,200 arrested. The Free Press says, “We can now recognize that Detroit in 1967 was a city of deep divisions that permeated every level of public life.”
Yale Law Prof. James Forman Jr. describes how black leaders supported tough-on-crime measures that harmed many African Americans. He accuses Attorney General Jeff Sessions of also pursuing anticrime approaches with “damaging consequences.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie issued a conditional veto of a bill requiring lawmakers to consider the racial impact of proposed criminal justice measures, saying he also wants them to consider whether such bills would deter crime in minority communities.
A year after Philando Castile was killed, Chiraag Bains of Harvard’s Criminal Justice Policy Program says, “I worry that this case will corrode people’s faith in the criminal justice system,. You can do everything right and still get shot.”
Gov. Chris Christie could make New Jersey the fourth state to require lawmakers to consider a “racial impact statement” before approving criminal justice legislation. Opponents say the law should be written without consideration of race.
An examination of 10,000 San Francisco criminal cases by the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice found that race and ethnicity influence how long an individual is held in custody before trial, as well as the severity of the charges.
Black homicide defendants in Louisiana are more likely than whites to face charges making them eligible for the death sentence in cases in which their victims are white, according to a Northeastern University study.
Since 2012, the African-American arrest rate by Tulsa police officers was more than two times that of non-black people., the Tulsa World reports. “I suspect we have a socioeconomic factor as far as arrests,” said Police Chief Chuck Jordan.