Findings of Police Bias in Baltimore Validate What Many Have Long Felt

By Sheryl Gay Stolberg, New York Times

A Justice Department report released today said that the Baltimore Police Department for years has systematically targeted black residents, often with little provocation or rationale.

In Baltimore, a city that is 63 percent black, the Justice Department found that 91 percent of those arrested for discretionary offenses like “failure to obey” or “trespassing” were African-American. Blacks make up 60 percent of Baltimore’s drivers, but they account for 82 percent of traffic stops. Of the 410 pedestrians who were stopped at least 10 times in the five and a half years of data reviewed, 95 percent were black.

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