Oakland: Study Finds Racial Bias in Boys’ Arrests

Carolyn Jones, SF Gate, August 28, 2013

African American boys in Oakland are arrested far more often and for relatively minor offenses compared with their cohorts in other racial groups, according to a study released Wednesday by an Oakland nonprofit.

Between 2006 and 2012, black boys made up 73.5 percent of all juvenile arrests in Oakland, even though they comprise just under 30 percent of the city’s under-18 population, according to the analysis by the Black Organizing Project, an Oakland nonprofit that said it based its report on public records and did the study as an effort to improve conditions for African Americans.

Of those black boys arrested, nearly 80 percent were not prosecuted.

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The 36-page report, “Policing Oakland Youth,” looked at arrest data over seven years from the Oakland Police Department and the Oakland schools police. It found that young African American males with negative contact with police–even for minor offenses, like gambling and drunkenness–are more likely to be arrested in the future and face lifelong difficulties resulting from time spent in jail, such as inability to find work or psychological trauma.

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The American Civil Liberties Union and Public Counsel, a civil rights law firm in Los Angeles, also worked on the report.

“What we learned with this report is that black kids are being arrested who shouldn’t be,” said Will Matthews, ACLU spokesman in San Francisco. “There needs to be added layers of accountability, transparency and public input.”

The groups are urging Oakland schools and police to consider other options, aside from arrests, in addressing minor youth crime. {snip}

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Oakland Unified School District has already implemented several programs to help African American boys, all of which are showing some signs of success, said district spokesmanvTroy Flint.

In the past few years, it’s started the country’s first office dedicated to the problems facing black male youth, he said. Staff in the Office of African American Male Achievement analyze data, track individual students, arrange internships and mentors, promote black male achievements, and lead workshops for students and parents.

The district has also changed its suspension policy, in hopes of resolving discipline problems through counseling instead of suspensions, and installed a program that encourages students to talk to one another about crime, violence and the effects on victims as a way to gain empathy.

So far, results are encouraging, Flint said. The district’s graduation rate for African American males has increased almost 5 percent over the past two years. {snip}

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  • MekongDelta69
    • NeanderthalDNA

      Almost exactly what I thought.

      Oakland is a black hellhole on the Deeetroit slide. How long before feral packs of “pit wolves” start roaming that soon to be apocalyptic urbanscape?

  • [Guest]

    >>>Office of African American Male Achievement

    Located in a very large, empty building, I presume.

    • Jesse_from_Sweden

      Nope, very large and heavily populated.

      After all, it is of and by itself an african american male achievement to be working for an organization like that.
      And you can bet they have the money coming in from various state and federal agencies too.

      I really wonder what would happen to african american achievements, if you shut down all of these “diversity”-offices and other things pampering directly to african-americans and only count achievements where they do not get preferential treatment but have to compete on equal terms.

      • NorthSea

        The name of the organization guarantees the research was conducted rigorously and without bias.

    • Fixed the name: Office of Black American Male Achievement (OBAMA)

      • me

        Brilliant!

        • Alexandra1973

          Not American–African!

  • Puggg

    Of those black boys arrested, nearly 80 percent were not prosecuted.

    Ergo, Oakland. Even if they were prosecuted, not much would happen to them in the way of punishment. After all, Oakland.

    It found that young African American males with negative contact with police–even for minor offenses, like gambling and drunkenness are more likely to be arrested in the future and face lifelong difficulties resulting from time spent in jail, such as inability to find work or psychological trauma.

    So all these drunk dice-shooting teenage black boys are working jobs and their being arrested prevents them from going to work? Sure, buy a bridge connecting Oakland and San Francisco while you’re at it.

    Oakland Unified School District has already implemented several programs to help African American boys, all of which are showing some signs of success

    All of these things always show “signs of success,” but never any actual success. I’m just a cynical enough pup to think that “signs of success” is just a politically correct way to say “failure.”

    The district’s graduation rate for African American males has increased almost 5 percent over the past two years

    Send ’em to Berkeley just like that other one, to see how good their “diplomas” really are. Berkeley is right there by Oakland.

    • Jesse_from_Sweden

      Hah!

      Of those black boys arrested, nearly 80 percent were not prosecuted.

      Meaning they were wrongfully arrested? Or the DA has orders to not prosecute as many black youths for minor offenses?

      Note
      how they talk about blacks being arrested more often for minor
      offenses, which I assume means they get prosecuted less often after
      being arrested, rather than anything else.

      It found that young African American males with negative contact with
      police–even for minor offenses, like gambling and drunkenness–are more
      likely to be arrested in the future and face lifelong difficulties
      resulting from time spent in jail, such as inability to find work or
      psychological trauma.

      Note
      how it does not say that young african american males are actually
      prosecuted and convicted after having been arrested for minor offenses
      like gamgling and drunkenness, just that they are more likely to be
      arrested AGAIN, and then be prosecuted and sentenced.

      So does it
      mean that they fall into a life of crime after having been arrested? Or
      were they simply already in a life of crime, which was the reason they
      were arrested?

      How about trying the broken window principle, and
      actually prosecuting and sentencing them for these minor offense the
      first time they are arrested, instead of releasing them and wait for
      them to commit a more severe crime. If you do it early on, you can send
      them to youth facilites for a shorter time and their records can be
      “expunged” or whatever it’s called. A wake-up call before they are going
      into the heavy crime which will be permanent.

      But ignoring crime does not make them into honest, hardworking citizens, that is only a liberal pipe-dream.

      <i<The groups are urging Oakland schools and police to consider other
      options, aside from arrests, in addressing minor youth crime.

      Such
      as not arresting them, so they don’t show up in criminal records, but
      instead do some kind of “punishment” within the school system. But not
      suspension or other such things, because that will reduce their chances
      of getting an “edumacation”.

      Instead, we will have more instances
      of Trayvon Martin, who also commited “minor offenses” which the school
      system tried to handle internally instead of involving police and the
      justice system.

      And we all saw how well that worked.

      Oakland Unified School District has already implemented several programs
      to help African American boys, all of which are showing some signs of
      success, said district spokesmanvTroy Flint.

      In
      other words, orders to the police to arrest less black youfs and orders
      to the schools not to report crime means black youfs are getting
      arrested less often.

      Success all depends on how you define it…..

      <i<The district has also changed its suspension policy, in hopes of
      resolving discipline problems through counseling instead of suspensions,
      and installed a program that encourages students to talk to one another
      about crime, violence and the effects on victims as a way to
      gain empathy.

      Well, waddyaknow, called it without even reading it first.
      Reduce
      suspensions, and arrests as well one can assume, by changing policy so
      as not to punish them for their offenses but instead inputting
      “alternate punishment” in the forms of sitting around chatting with each
      other about what they did last weekend.
      Yeah, that is sure to work,
      and I’m sure that they will gain empathy when they laugh and talk about
      the girl they all ganged up on the other night, because that is after
      all how thugs gain empathy, by talking with other thugs about their
      crimes.
      With that kind of reasoning, criminals should gain empathy
      with their victims from a lengthy time in prison, which should reduce
      their crime rate, but somehow, someway, that does not seem to be the
      case.

  • serious123

    The only alternative, for the ACLU, is to concede the truth and we know that will never happen.

  • Spartacus

    “Staff in the Office of African American Male Achievement…”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    I nearly choked with laughter !

  • I thought there was no such thing as a black “boy.”

  • Jenkem Huffington

    Dey beez goot boys, dey din’ do nuffins’. Y’all cracka’s beez racis.

    I’d bet dollars to donuts that the “racist” police are disproportionately black. I dislike and distrust police more than most, but I guarantee the cop on the beat picking up these junior savages know EXACTLY which little blacks are up to no good constantly.

    What they don’t tell you is the white kid that simply gets told to go home for say, public drunkenness, smartens up and doesn’t do it again, while the little buckwheats and treyvons are at it every damn day and eventually the police need to escalate matters. Also they don’t mention which “youths” who are just innocently playing dice, are wearing gang colors, or were actually selling drugs or acting as lookout for a dope house.

  • Luca

    “Of those black boys arrested, nearly 80 percent were not prosecuted.”

    Gee, I wonder if they let so many thugs go without booking them..do you think that sets them free to commit more crimes?

    Hmmm…Let’s look up some statistics. Well, they have the highest crime rate in California and for a city the size of Oakland, they are third in the nation.

    Also about a 30% nigroid population…Hmm, let me think about this.

    That’s it…I got it, I figured it out!

    The problem is racial profiling.

  • JohnEngelman

    African American boys in Oakland are arrested far more often and for relatively minor offenses.

    – Carolyn Jones, SF Gate, August 28, 2013

    The problem is that too few are arrested for major offenses.

  • Funruffian

    we learned with this report is that black kids are being arrested who shouldn’t be,” said Will Matthews, ACLU spokesman in San Francisco. “There needs to be added layers of accountability, transparency and public input.”

    Adding layers of accountability? You mean like blaming White people for the criminal activity of a Negro youth?
    Adding layers of transparency?
    You mean like indicting the Negro based on his crime instead of his race? I agree with that one if that’s what they mean.
    Public input? Does this mean you will ask Negroes, and only Negroes in the community, if they agree with the charge against the Black youth?
    That figures coming from the Pink slime of the ACLU

  • NeanderthalDNA

    My apologies. That’s good news. No feral packs of pit wolves yet, eh? That’s good.

  • . . . arrange internships and mentors . . .

    If these yoofs were really goody-two-shoes they would not need babysitters.

    . . . a way to gain empathy.

    Arranging the deck chairs . . .

  • MBlanc46

    “Of those black boys arrested, nearly 80 percent were not prosecuted.”

    This is the real social problem. We let these apprentice hoodlums get away with their ‘shines so they go out and commit more serious crimes. They get a few misdemeanors and a couple of felonies (and sometimes a little prison time) under their belts, and they kill someone. Then the criminal justice system finally does something about them. We need to bring the hammer down early and hard with these punks.

  • 1proactive2

    What these “civil rights” groups use as reasoning is on a level of a preadolescent, and such a child truly believes all races act and live the same, and share precisely the same values. It’s amazing these groups are taken seriously by anybody, let alone the MSM.

  • If 80 percent were not prosecuted, that probably means they were driven home and released to their single mothers. This is something for the “folk” to complain about?

    • me

      The ‘minor offenses’ are just practice for the felonies they’ll commit later on in life. There’s a bright spot to all this. The more the msm and the govt. cater to, and condone, Bantu behavior, the sooner the rest of the population will wake up to race reality.

  • BonusGift

    Comparing the rough arrest rate to rough representation in the overall population (i.e., roughly 75% to 30%, or a ratio of about 2.5) to the overall black values for the country (a ratio of roughly 2.6; based on the 2010 Census for population and the FBI statistics for arrests – 2.7 million arrests and about 40 million creatures vs. 6.8 million arrests and about 268 million people), using a rough version of their own logic/argument (or actually lack thereof) black ‘youths’ are slightly under-arrested. Of course, we all know that given their genetics and related developmental tendencies they are significantly under-arrested; I’m merely trying to show that the numbers don’t even make sense regarding the argument or implied argument (i.e., that black ‘youths’ in Oakland, California are arrested more than other areas of the country). It seems to me that this is just your standard knee-grows need more rope to hang themselves mainstream media/cultural Marxist spin article.

  • willbest

    I think he has cause and effect backwards. Perhaps if they were jailed as “youths” they wouldn’t be on the street to commit more serious crimes later.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    The only bias going on here is by the ACLU in assuming that the higher arrest rate of blacks is due to police bias and not due to black criminal behavior. I wonder if the ACLU determined how many of the arrests were made by black police officers?

    from the article “Of those black boys arrested, nearly 80 percent were not prosecuted.”
    Why were they not prosecuted, because they were innocent or because the D.A. does not want to appear racially biased by prosecuting a disproportionate number of black youths? The ONLY solution to this nonsense is to have high minority areas be policed just by minorities so when these statistics on black criminal behavior are exposed there will be no possible way they can blame racial bias for it.

    • WhitePiney

      I agree completely have to love how they always see racism and not the truth that blacks have a higher arrest rate because they commit more crime. Also 80 percent were not convicted, what percentage of whites were convicted? Definitely shoes racial bias… Against whites.

  • evilsandmich

    It’s not clear what prompted the assault.

    I do wonder, it’s not like the white dude was a very small guy either. Any old way, if some yoof go dragging my wife out of the car like that they’re going to get Zimmermaned.

  • evilsandmich

    Now, now. ‘Achievement’ is possible, it’s just not in any areas that law abiding citizens would want to ‘achieve’ anything in.

  • evilsandmich

    That would be interesting if the researches honestly believed that it would turn out the opposite and were shocked (SHOCKED) by the results. Maybe they should have just asked themselves why they themselves don’t live in black neighborhoods and solved the riddle right then and there.

  • WilliamWallace

    The persecution, murder, torture, beatings, rapes of innocent white people at the hands of Anti-White Black people continues and not a peep from the MSM, local media, our federal government, local governments, Congress or Churches. Un-freakin-believable!!!

  • Hans Schneider

    if their mothers would have been sterilized then the problem would not exist.

  • Alexandra1973

    One time my husband was driving along and he saw this black guy walking along…saw my husband’s car and he hid his face with his hoodie. My husband told me that if he’d had his cellphone with him, he would have called the cops.

    He’s a realist too.

  • stantonlore

    I was born and raised in Oakland (1947) and have been in So. Carolina since 1992. Visit family in Oakland regularly and know how much worse the city is, despite the myriad of social programs and minority dominated government. West, south and east Oakland are flatlands and dominated by racial gangs (except no white ones). The home of Ebonics and ultra liberal political leadership is deteriorating except for pockets of untainted neighborhoods in north oakland and in the hills. There is no hope for most of Oakland. Oakland has large areas of black, hispanic and asian residents, which used to be kind of cool. Oakland has a Chinatown, Vietnam (ho Chi Minh City), Japanese, Hmong. Restaurants were great places to get good food at cheap prices and people were friendly. You risk your life parking in an area controlled by gangs, so you stay away. Very sad to realize what the future holds formy home. If I had my way I’d make gang membership a felony, put each in prison and let them out only after they gave up gang membership and had all gang-related tattoos removed. But, I don’t have a vote for this fantasy.