|Attorney General Kamala Harris, righ, joined by |
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck
"You are all Racists!"
- The election for California U.S. Senator is coming and Democrat Kamala Harris whips out the Race Card implying that racism causes Blacks to be arrested more than whites.
- It appears Harris wants affirmative action on crime. If the "quota" for arresting Blacks has been filled then I guess the police should stop arresting Blacks for the rest of the year so the percentages even out.
(Associated Press) — Just 6 percent of Californians are African American, yet they are involved in 17 percent of all arrests in the state and a quarter of in-custody deaths, according to what officials called a nationally unprecedented release of data Wednesday.
The data paints a clearer picture of the racial disparity in arrests and deaths across California and comes as a number of high-profile, police-involved deaths of young black men has ignited a national debate on police practices.
In addition to being arrested and dying in disproportionate numbers, black juvenile males who are arrested are booked into jail at a 25 percent higher rate than whites, according to the data, released by the California Department of Justice on a searchable, state-run website.
"It's very stark and we really have to have a dialogue about why so many African Americans are dying compared to the state population," said Justin Erlich, a special assistant attorney general who's overseeing the data collection and analysis.
Democrat California Attorney General Kamala Harris cited the deaths of young black men at the hands of police in California, Ferguson, Missouri, New York City, Texas and South Carolina.
Part of the conversation surrounding those deaths needs to be data, Harris said.
"What are the numbers?" she said. "What are the facts that we know that we can actually quantify, that can help influence public policy around how we can improve these numbers and improve the situation?"
The database is the culmination of months of work aimed at improving transparency and government accountability. More data will be released over time, including breakdowns by municipality.
The data released also includes the number of police officers who died in the line of duty: 345 between 1980 and 2014, or 10 annually. Of those, 187 were a direct result of a criminal act, while the rest were considered accidental.