The police search black drivers most – even though white people have more drugs the report concludes.
The police search bl general United Sta Los Angele
Los Angeles, United States Of America
Data shows that black drivers stopped at four times the rate of white people: ' Such stops lead to death, ' activist states.
Police officers in Los Angeles stop searching for black and Latino drivers at significantly higher rates than white people, even though white people are more likely to be carrying drugs and weapons, a new report reveals.
Traffic stop statistics from the past 10-month span across LA showed that black drivers and passengers were four times more likely to be searched by the police than white people and that Latinos are three times more likely to face searches the Los Angeles Times stated on Tuesday.
Across the city, 24 percent of black drivers and passengers were searched compared to 16 percent of Latinos and 5 percent of white. White drivers carrying alcohol or other contraband were shown to be 20 percent of the time, higher than other groups; the contraband rate was 17 percent for blacks and 16 percent for Latinos.
The review of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) data comes the same week that the activist alliance is launching a campaign calling for an end to these sorts of stops and reparations for individuals who have been unfairly stopped or racially profiled.
"Such stops have led to the death of our men," said Melina Abdullah, co-founder of Black Lives Matter LA, part of the coalition which started Wednesday called Promoting Peace Safety and Health in Los Angeles (Push LA). "For anyone who works in neighborhoods like mine, the data is no shock. This is a validation of what we already know.
The study further contradicts claims that disproportionate stops happen as a result of higher crime rates among certain groups, she added: "The stops are not focused on more crime between black and brown people ... There is evidence of racism inside LAPD, and these stops should be stopped