Philadelphia has taken steps to ban its police officers from initiating traffic stops for minor infractions, a move that should prompt a collective sigh of relief for Black drivers, in particular, who are disproportionately targeted for such moving violations.
A study of almost 100 million traffic stops found widespread police profiling.
Researchers analyzed body camera footage during traffic stops.
The death of Samuel DuBose by the hands of former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing revealed some disturbing numbers about their traffic stops off campus. According to Fox 15, University of Cincinnati police force off-campus patrols have been terminated. The Law and Public Safety Committee approved the ordinance as stops dating back to Jan. 1, 2013 […]
A new study by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois supports what has long been suspected: that there is a racial disparity in Chicago traffic stops that disproportionately affects Black drivers. The study is based on an analysis of 100,676 traffic stops conducted by the Chicago Police Department in 2013. It found that Black people, who make up about […]
Following the death of 18-year-old Antonio Martin in Berkeley, Missouri–just miles away from where Michael Brown was left slain–local leaders are asking for the community to keep the protests peaceful. Tensions still remain high in the area after the Brown incident, and Martin’s death came on the heels of the controversial verdict. The morning after […]
A report issued by ArchCity Defenders notes that in Ferguson municipal court’s 36 three-hour sessions in 2013, the court handled 12,108 cases and 24,532 warrants. That is an average of 1.5 cases and three warrants per household. In a city of only 21,00o people, the Ferguson municipal court raked in a whopping $2,635,400 in fines and court […]
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