We assessed racial disparities in policing in the United States by compiling and analysing a dataset detailing nearly 100 million traffic stops conducted across the country. We found that black drivers were less likely to be stopped after sunset, when a ‘veil of darkness’ masks one’s race, suggesting bias in stop decisions.
— Read on www.nature.com/articles/s41562-020-0858-1
A new report from the Ontario Human Rights Commission has found that Black people are more likely than others to be arrested, charged or have force used against them when interacting with Toronto police.
— Read on www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/black-people-human-right-commission-police-1.5680460
Criminalizing social-distancing violations threatens the very communities most vulnerable to the pandemic.
— Read on www.thenation.com/article/society/police-coronavirus/
As the nation is told to wear masks, black Americans must also weigh the risks of racial profiling.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/09/masks-racial-profiling-walmart-coronavirus/
The new policies include ending the charging of cases where contraband was obtained through ‘pretextual’ traffic stops
— Read on www.policeone.com/law-enforcement-policies/articles/sf-prosecutor-police-union-clash-over-new-vehicle-stop-policies-qmzrTdq1cDWygqhM/
Los Angeles police are convinced big data can help fight crime, even after shutting down a program that activists said targeted minorities unfairly.
— Read on www.cbsnews.com/news/los-angeles-police-department-laser-data-driven-policing-racial-profiling-2-0-cbsn-originals-documentary/
There is widespread understanding that the War on Drugs intentionally targeted communities of color,
while depriving those same communities of harm-reduction resources to address the damaging effects of drug use. Nonetheless, Austin and Travis County,Texas, continue to use drug enforcement practices that harm communities, worsen racial disparities, and increase the health and financial consequences that people most directly impacted must bear. Further, local use of police as the primary means of enforcing harsh drug laws consistently fails to achieve its stated goal of reducing drug activity. Travis County residents, particularly in areas most heavily populated by people of color, have seen time and again that current practices are not working.
The New York City Police Department’s aggressive stop-and-frisk program exploded into a national controversy during the mayoral administration of Michael Bloomberg, as the number of NYPD stops each year grew to hundreds of thousands. Most of the people stopped were black and Latino, and nearly all were innocent. Stop-and-frisk peaked in 2011, when NYPD officers reported making
— Read on www.nyclu.org/en/publications/stop-and-frisk-de-blasio-era-2019
Here Are the Fare-Evasion Enforcement Data the NYPD Fought to Keep Secret – VICE
— Read on www.vice.com/amp/en_us/article/y3mww7/here-are-the-fare-evasion-enforcement-data-the-nypd-fought-to-keep-secret
Kelly Mcevers discusses police videos in her podcast series “Embedded”. Several other police videos are discussed throughout the series. All videos can be found in “Embedded”.
— Read on www.npr.org/2017/03/25/521102557/police-videos-arent-going-away-how-can-we-learn-from-them