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Racial Disparities in Police-Initiated Stops in Chicago

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Welsey G. Skogan's 2015 survey of 1,200 randomly selected Chicago residents, ages 16 and older, found significant racial disparities in the number of police-initiated stops and the perception of abusive police behavior. The survey found that almost 70 percent of young African-American males reported being stopped by police in the past 12 months, and 56 percent reported being stopped on foot. The Chicago Police Accountability Task Force said in its report that "the overuse of investigatory stops has left a lingering, negative perception of the police in communities of color."

Source: "Recommendations for Reform: Restoring Trust between the Chicago Police and the Communities They Serve," p. 9. 

Published: April 25, 2016.