NBCLosAngeles, October 20, 2008
Blacks and Latinos are more likely than whites to be stopped, searched and arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department, according to a report released Monday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
The ACLU looked at 810,000 field stops between July 1, 2003, and June 30, 2004. The group found there were 4,569 stops per 10,000 black residents, compared to 1,750 stops per 10,000 white residents.
Black and Latino residents were more than twice as likely than whites to be ordered out of their vehicles. They also were more likely to be searched during that stop.
A report presented to the Police Commission in August found that 19 police agencies from across the country received 371 racial profiling complaints over a two-year period, and four were substantiated.