Giving Compass’ Take:
• This Prison Policy Initiative details a report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics showing how racial bias is still a large factor when it comes to police stops across the U.S.
• With stop-and-frisk becoming part of our national discussion, what criminal justice reforms can we implement to promote more equity and fairness? Are there any bipartisan solutions?
President Trump is again encouraging Chicago police to use stop-and-frisk — a policy that allows police officers to stop citizens without good cause — even as new government data reminds us why such policies can be disastrous for people of color. Just days after Trump endorsed stop-and-frisk in Chicago, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released its new report on interactions between police and the public, using survey data from 2015. The report reminds us that police stops and use of force are already racially discriminatory, with predictable consequences for public trust of the police.
The report reveals:
- Black residents were more likely to be stopped by police than white or Hispanic residents, both in traffic stops and street stops.
- Black and Hispanic residents were also more likely to have multiple contacts with police than white residents, especially in the contexts of traffic and street stops. More than 1 in 6 Black residents who were pulled over in a traffic stop or stopped on the street had similar interactions with police multiple times over the course of the year.
- When police initiated an interaction, they were twice as likely to threaten or use force against Black and Hispanic residents than white residents.
Read the full article about police stops and racial discrimination by Alexi Jones at the Prison Policy Initiative.
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