December 12, 2010 by USA Post
Idot, City officials will take a little more time to examine the data in a Department of Transportation study that says Illinois which is 56 percent more likely to Urbana police to stop minority drivers that the probability that non-white drivers will be on the street.
Urbana Police Chief Patrick Connolly, said “there are many variables involved,” which will take in-depthanlysis to draw precise conclusions of the report.
This is the sixth year that IDOT has conducted the study based on the traffic stop agencies police information submitted to the state each year. This summer, IDOT published his collection of data from 2009 shows that 47.6 percent of 4277 Urban traffic police stops involving non-white drivers, even though the statistical estimation Urban minority driving population around 30 percent of all drivers.
Nonwhite drivers were 45 percent more likely to be arrested in Champaign, and were 36 percent more likely to be arrested by police at the University of Illinois, the report said.
But the issue of racial disparities is complex, human relations officer Urbana rent, said Todd. Could be a number of factors contributed to the statistics do not necessarily imply the profile of the police.
“If you prescribe a solution for something that is not adequately investigated, then you may end up doing more harm than good,” said the rent.
Durl Kruse, a member of the activist group CU Citizens for Peace and Justice, was invited to submit data to the Urbana Human Relations Commission this week. He said it is good that a public dialogue seems to be starting.
“I think the challenge for our community is to recognize that there is a racial disparity,” said Kruse.
The annual report is in its sixth year, and three local police departments have been placed in the middle of the pack in the likelihood that officers pull over drivers not-white. To this point, Connolly said the report has not received much attention from law enforcement agencies.
He said that departments across the state have deliberately ignored the statistics – you probably have not received requests for review by citizens or municipalities.
“I think a lot of police agencies look at it, and the community has said that they feel at ease, I suppose, traffic strategies,” said Connolly.
Internal policies regarding racial discrimination, however, have not been ignored, “said Connolly. Senior officials are continually reviewing tapes of traffic stops.
“Certainly, this type of behavior is not only tolerated, but it would be a crime that is so severe that it could affect someone’s career,” said police chief.
Kruse acknowledged that the data included in the IDOT report is not perfect – “the state agrees that the data is not accurate, there are limitations to it,” he said. But he added that no matter how you twist the numbers, there is a disparity in the number of non-white drivers are stopped by police.
“The real question is not whether all the figures are mathematically accurate, but if they are in a range to cause alarm,” said Kruse.
Bill Brown, president of the ACLU, Champaign County, noted for example that 34 percent of drivers arrested in Urbana last year were black, while the statistics say that the minority group accounts for about 12 percent between and 17 of the driving population of the city.
“The finding that African Americans have been arrested two times more often rather than three times more often it is still not acceptable,” said Brown.
Rental suggested the city continue discussions about the numbers once the administrators and police officers have more than one opportunity toanlyze.
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