Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Philadelphia police stop and frisk Blacks disproportionately

A report, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, analyzes Philadelphia Police Department data for two months in the fall of 2012 that finds that more than 40 percent of the police stops and frisks lack a lawful basis of "reasonable suspicion."

The report, prepared by the law firm of Kairys Rudovsky Messing & Feinberg, LLP and the ACLU of Pennsylvania, found a dramatic racial disparity with African Americans being stopped and frisked at rates that far exceeded their presence in the city's population. Whites were stopped and frisked at rates far below their presence in the city population.

Here is the ACLU of PA press release that summarizes the report. The suit against the Philadelphia police is called Bailey v. City of Philadelphia, C.A. No.10-5952.

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