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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 07:03 AM
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DWB/H: (Sevenfold) Racial gap found in traffic stops in Milwaukee
Apparently Driving While Black or Hispanic is cause for a traffic stop in Wisconsin's largest city.


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A black Milwaukee driver is seven times as likely to be stopped by city police as a white resident driver, a Journal Sentinel analysis of nearly 46,000 traffic stops has found.

Similarly, Milwaukee police pulled over Hispanic city motorists nearly five times as often as white drivers, according to the review, which took into account the number of licensed drivers by race.

Police also searched black drivers at twice the rate of whites, but those searches didn't lead to higher rates of seized weapons, drugs or stolen property.


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http://www.jsonline.com/watchdog/watchdogreports/racial...
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 07:04 AM
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1. Racism is ingrained and institutional n/t
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 07:11 AM
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2. Gee, ya think?
disclaimer: I'm an old white guy.
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toddwv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 12:06 PM
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3. One has only to look at the "War on Drugs" to see that.
It's a group of statistics that just gets completely ignored. There is little difference between races when it comes to drug use AND drug dealing. The rates are comparable within a few percentage points BUT when it comes to drug convictions, minorities are more likely to be sentenced, less likely to receive leniency and are more like to receive a longer sentence.

The "War on Drugs" is really just a very expensive and troubling way to institutionalize racism.
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 12:14 PM
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4. This piece is an eye-opener, too:
The "Drug War": Wisconsin leads nation in racial disparity for arrests and imprisonment

http://www.hrw.org/legacy/english/docs/2008/05/05/usint... /

Two National Reports Detail Racial Disparity in Arrests and Imprisonment

(Washington, DC, May 5, 2008) Ostensibly color-blind, the US war on drugs disproportionately targets urban minority neighborhoods, Human Rights Watch and The Sentencing Project said in two reports released today. Although whites commit more drug offenses, African Americans are arrested and imprisoned on drug charges at much higher rates, the reports find.

In the 67-page report, Targeting Blacks: Drug Law Enforcement and Race in the United States, Human Rights Watch documents with detailed new statistics persistent racial disparities among drug offenders sent to prison in 34 states. All of these states send black drug offenders to prison at much higher rates than whites.

Most drug offenders are white, but most of the drug offenders sent to prison are black, said Jamie Fellner, senior counsel in the US program at Human Rights Watch and author of Targeting Blacks. The solution is not to imprison more whites but to radically rethink how to deal with drug abuse and low-level drug offenders.

Key findings in the Human Rights Watch report include:
Across the 34 states, a black man is 11.8 times more likely than a white man to be sent to prison on drug charges, and a black woman is 4.8 times more likely than a white woman.

In 16 states, African Americans are sent to prison for drug offenses at rates between 10 and 42 times greater than the rate for whites. The 10 states with the greatest racial disparities in prison admissions for drug offenders are: Wisconsin, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, Colorado, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Michigan

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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 12:21 PM
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5. Wow.
I would of course expect there to be a big gap, but that's enormous.
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 12:24 PM
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6. Yeah, Milwaukee is very racially segregated and MKE cops are well-known in their bias against
non-whites.

Sad. :(

Especially sad: http://www.progressive.org/kemble060911.html

The Assembly also repealed an anti-racial profiling law with the passage of SB 15. The law not only rolls back required information collection about race and ethnicity at all traffic stops, it goes even further to prohibit municipalities from implementing any similar program in the future relating to traffic stops, arrests or any other effort to document the disproportionate impact of policy and practice on people of color. Speaking on SB 15, Representative Tamara Grigsby commented, "This is the legislature of ignorance is bliss. We pretend we dont hear all those protesters. We pretend we dont hear the people who are being stripped every day of their rights.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 12:32 PM
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7. How is that legal?
They can't prohibit future legislative bodies from changing the law, can they?

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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-05-11 12:34 PM
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8. Yeah, Recalling these assholes is about a LOT more than collective bargaining.
Walker also reversed a law was created through direct legislation when 69 percent of city voters approved it in the November 2008 election.

http://www.biztimes.com/daily/2011/5/5/walker-signs-bil...

The shenanigans run deep.
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