Black drivers far more likely to be stopped by Berkeley police than white people, audit finds

April 22, 2021

By Sarah Ravani

From the article: "Black and Hispanic people are more likely to be stopped and searched by police in Berkeley than white and Asian people, according to a city audit of the Berkeley Police Department released Thursday.

The audit also found that searches of Black and Hispanic residents are less likely to result in an arrest than searches of white and Asian residents.

Over a five-year period, Black people were stopped at significantly higher rates than their share of the population. The audit did not track city of residence for people being pulled over.

The findings mirror data from the Center for Policing Equity from 2012 to 2016. That report found that Black motorists were 6.5 times more likely to be stopped by Berkeley police than white motorists, and 4.5 times more likely to be stopped while on foot..."

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