October 22, 2008
LAPD officers more likely to stop, search and arrest minorities than whites, report says
The report by Yale Law School professor Ian Ayres for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California found that once stopped, African Americans were 29% more likely to be arrested than whites. Latinos were 32% more likely to be arrested in an identical category.
At the same time, the report found that LAPD officers were less likely to find weapons or drugs on blacks or Latinos than whites when they frisked them or subjected them to consensual searches.
Police Chief William J. Bratton said he strongly disagreed with the report's findings. Among other criticisms, Bratton said the study was flawed because it used data collected four years ago and did not reflect the department's current practices.
"Dr. Ayres' conclusions completely misread situations that are not nearly as black and white as he would want them to be," Sands said. "It's an exercise that might work on a spreadsheet at Yale but doesn't work on the streets of Los Angeles."
Union officials noted that the LAPD is a "majority minority" department, mirroring the demographic trends of Los Angeles, and that most officers work in pairs that represent more than one race. [Mark Godsey]
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Please ask yourself one question. Have you ever seen a minority group populate a city previously populated by caucasions and make it better such as reduce violence,crime and government assistance. You know the answer. 30% of our prison system population nationally are illegal aliens, 97% from Mexico. Not one town, city or state in the United States has benefited from the takeover of minorities in our communities previously of caucasion majority.Sad but true.
Posted by: Mike Flaaten | Jan 6, 2009 5:06:55 AM