The Invisible Color Line in U.S. Policing

Commentators argue that African Americans in law enforcement can play a primary role in tackling the historic legacy of police racism. But first they have to get in the door. In interviews with The Crime Report, senior Black officers say police recruitment practices are riddled with both overt and implicit bias.


Racism Blocked My Appointment as Chief, Charges St. Louis Cop

Veteran St. Louis Officer Lt. Col. Troy Doyle was the favored candidate to become the city’s first Black police chief, but the county’s Board of Police Commissioners picked a white officer. Now Doyle has launched a lawsuit claiming the decision was influenced by corporate donors opposed to appointing an African American.

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Police ‘Create Criminals’ for Traffic Stops, Criminalizing Poverty

A former captain with the Birmingham Police Department writes that some police have lost touch with the core responsibility of crime prevention, and instead have “created criminals” out of “low hanging fruit” to keep numbers high for traffic stops. Unfortunately, this leads to an entanglement with the justice system stemming from poverty and race.

Asian-American Cops Just 2% of US Law Enforcement

In the wake of violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, law enforcement agencies are facing criticism for not having enough Asian-American officers on staff to adequately investigate cases. A 2016 report found only 7 percent of the Seattle Police Department’s sworn officers were Asian American, but they comprised 14 percent of Seattle’s population.

Coverage of Mass Shootings Ignores Black Victims: Study

A recent study published in the journal Sociology of Race and Ethnicity about shooting victims in Chicago found Black people killed in predominantly Black neighborhoods in the city in 2016 received roughly half as much news coverage as white people killed in majority white neighborhoods, and were less likely to be discussed as “multifaceted, complex people.”