Racial Disparities Found in Police Enforcement of Warrants

A study of warrant enforcement by the Research Network on Misdemeanor Justice found that four Blacks were arrested last year in St. Louis, Mo. for every white person, mostly for nonviolent offenses such as traffic violations. Similar ratios in Kentucky’s Jefferson County underlined the need for reform in a practice that generates police-community tensions nationwide, researchers said.

Marilyn Thompson

The Challenge of Being Black, Female—and a Cop

In a career spanning over 30 years in law enforcement, Marilyn Thompson has had to negotiate the complicated dynamic of being a Black woman among mostly white male colleagues. She believes policing would be more compassionate — and effective — if police departments reflected their communities.