The details emerging from the Justice Department’s investigation into Ferguson are pretty ugly. There is definitely racism is our criminal justice system and this is just the latest example. If you don’t think there is, you are probably white, and you probably haven’t read enough. Again, I think one of the best one stop shop reads you can have on this subject for modern times is Matt Taibbi’s The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap. But if you are somehow new to all of this just read the details in the above article, it won’t take very long. A few samples:
- Ferguson’s black drivers were more than twice as likely as their white counterparts to be stopped and searched, according to records over two years. Black drivers were also 26 percent less likely to be found in possession of contraband.
- According to the police department’s internal records concerning force, 88 percent of those cases involved force against blacks. All 14 canine bite incidents involved blacks.
- Blacks were 68 percent less likely than others to have their cases dismissed in municipal court. An arrest warrant was more likely to be issued for blacks.