A new book examines the arrest data produced by police stops in North Carolina, and finds the public safety benefit was minimal. In a conversation with The Crime Report, co-author Frank Baumgartner says it should make police departments across the US reevaluate a practice that is often considered racial profiling.
The department, which has been criticized for racial bias in its traffic stops, is preparing to comply with a new state law that takes effect on July 1. It mandates collection of detailed data on all officer interactions with the public in an effort to study and curb racial profiling.
An Amnesty International report says half of a sample of Belgian police officers surveyed identified the use of racial profiling by local police forces as a problem. While government officials pushed back against the report, the human rights organization said its results constitute a “cause for concern.”
About 25 Missouri Highway Patrol troopers will be policing the interstate highways in St. Louis as part of Gov. Eric Greitens’ initiatives to combat crime in the city. Civil rights groups worry about racial profiling by the troopers, a persistent problem in the state.
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.
The Massachusett Supreme Judicial Court tossed out a Boston man’s gun conviction and ordered judges to consider whether a black person who walks away from a police officer is attempting to avoid the “recurring indignity of being racially profiled.” The Boston NAACP applauded the decision. That city’s police commissioner said he is “troubled” by the ruling.
Amid national uproar over a Texas state trooper’s treatment of Sandra Bland during a traffic stop last year, an Austin American-Statesman investigation found that African-American and Hispanic motorists were searched more often when stopped, and contraband was found less often for Hispanic drivers than white drivers.
Since 1994, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has investigated and reached settlements with more than 20 state and local police agencies. Much controversy surrounds these so-called “consent decrees,” which have mandated reforms of police practices in agencies ranging from the municipal forces of Los Angeles, New Orleans and Albuquerque, to state agencies like the New Jersey State Police. Investigations of Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD are currently underway. Do these consent decrees actually reduce officer use-of-force and racial profiling? Have […]