A scathing Justice Department report released Tuesday night on Baltimore’s police department found that residents often perceive “two Baltimores,” which experience radically different policing.
The “two Baltimores” perception appears to be backed up by the statistics.
The report found widespread and systemic practices of discriminating against African-Americans, including disproportionately high rates of stops, searches, arrests, and charges.
“The disparities described to us go beyond aggressive behavior and misconduct; some residents spoke about a police non-response to poor, minority areas as well as a lack of thorough investigation into crimes committed in these communities,” the report said.
The report included numerous graphs to illustrate the racial disparities. We’ve included them here:
African Americans accounted for a whopping 84% of all pedestrian stops between 2010 and 2015, although they comprise just 63% of Baltimore’s population, according to the report.
Disproportionate targeting of African-Americans during pedestrian stops occurs across the city — the report shows similar racial disparities even when the numbers are broken down by district.
Vehicle stops, too, occur at disproportionate rates. Baltimore officers reportedly stopped African-American drivers for traffic violations at a rate of 82%, although they make up just 60% of the city’s driving age population.
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