Long-awaited data from San Diego State researchers on the question of racial bias in city policing has surfaced via a draft report in the form of a powerpoint presentation and it’s next to worthless.
The San Diego City Council Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee is getting a glimpse of the draft and hearing from the researchers Wednesday afternoon. You can bet their conclusions will include the phrases “more research” and “inconclusive,” words we all should be used to by now when it comes to holding law enforcement authorities to a standard.
The report will point out some already-known disparities, namely that Black and Latino drivers are nearly 2 times as likely to be searched, while Black drivers are 44% less likely to be found with contraband; and Latinos are 46% less likely to have contraband. [Read more…]