The Color of Authority: San Diego Police and Sheriff’s Disproportionately Target Minorities

by on March 29, 2021 · 3 comments

in Civil Rights, San Diego

Data Shows Blacks, Latinos, Native Americans Bear Brunt of Racial Biases in Local Policing

By Lyndsay Winkley, Lauryn Schroeder / San Diego Union-Tribune / March 28, 2021

Long before protests erupted across San Diego County over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died last May after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes, community leaders have called on local law enforcement officials to address persistent racial disparities in policing.

For years, study after study has shown that people of color — especially Blacks — are stopped, searched and arrested at higher rates than their White counterparts.

A new analysis by The San Diego Union-Tribune of nearly 500,000 stops of drivers and pedestrians made by San Diego police and sheriff’s deputies shows that the county’s two largest law enforcement agencies have work to do to earn the trust of minority communities.

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Avatar triggerfinger March 29, 2021 at 6:52 pm

Are we supposed to believe the cops roll up next to the window to check out the drivers skin color before pulling them over? Or perhaps they spend more time patrolling in high crime neighborhoods that for many reasons have a higher percentage of blacks?

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie March 30, 2021 at 9:55 am

In one of my college sociology classes at UCSD, the professor explained that if a city increased its police patrols in one part of the city tenfold – guess what? – the “crime rates” would go up tenfold. I know they don’t teach sociology to engineers, but maybe they should start.

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Avatar Sam March 30, 2021 at 10:38 am

I’d like to see a tenfold increase in patrols in OB!

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