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San Diego Police Stop Black People at a Rate 219 Percent Higher Than White People. | ACLU

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San Diego Police Stop Black People at a Rate 219 Percent Higher Than White People. | ACLU

By Jordan Valinsky, ACLU

A recent Campaign Zero report on disparities in police stops in San Diego shines a light on the racist policing prevalent throughout the country.

“They did what human beings looking for freedom, throughout history, have often done. They left.”

These are the words of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson in her book, “The Warmth of Other Suns.” The book follows the story of three Black Southerners and their journey escaping racial violence — a sharecropper’s wife who left Mississippi in the 1930s for Chicago, an agricultural worker who left Florida for New York City in the 1940s, and a doctor who left Louisiana in the early 1950s.

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD):

  • Stopped Black people at a 219 percent higher rate than white people. In 85 percent of SDPD beats, Black people were stopped at higher rates than white people.
  • Was 23 percent more likely to conduct consent searches on Black people than white people, despite being less likely to be found with contraband than white people.
  • Was more likely to use force and even more severe forms of force against Black people than white people.

Featured Image, A SWAT officer runs down a back alley as police surround a home after a San Diego police officer was fatally shot and another was wounded late Thursday, in San Diego, Calif. (Retuers / Mike Blake)
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