Lawmakers in St Louis, Missouri raised serious concerns about escalating tensions between police and African American residents at least a year before the shooting death of Michael Brown in the small suburb of Ferguson.
“Tensions have been high because of what the citizens here see as police abuse.” says Michael Voss, the co-founder of Arch City Defenders, a non-profit legal service in St Louis. “I know that our clients feel racially profiled and that their poverty is exploited.”
The Arch City Defenders published a white paper last year detailing issues with racial profiling there. The paper argues it’s a systemic problem.
One of the most obvious data points highlighting the disparity is the amount of traffic stops police make on black people.
Let’s take a look at Ferguson. There are more warrants issued in Ferguson than there are people. Voss says a good majority of these warrants are a result of traffic stops. Black people make up two-thirds of the total driving population, but account for 86 percent of all traffic stops there.
This Lake Is named for Ozawindib, an Ojibwa warrior who lived in the early 19th Century and guided Henry Schoolcraft, the American discoverer of the source of the Mississippi, through the region and to the source.
So basically this is franwilde's fault, because I was on a tear about it the other night and she told me I needed to write a blog post. So here's a blog post. (Does anybody even read blogs anymore? Tap, tap, is this thing on? “140 characters is all anyone will ever need.”)