African Americans Cited for Resisting Arrest at High Rate in S.F.

Emily Green, SFGate, April 29, 2015

African Americans in San Francisco are cited for resisting arrest at a rate eight times greater than whites even when serious crimes are not involved, according to statistics drawn from court records.

From January 2010 to April 24 of this year, law enforcement officers cited suspects with resisting arrest 9,633 times in cases where the suspect was not charged with a felony. African Americans accounted for 45 percent of those cited, even though they make up just 6 percent of the city’s population.

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Whites, who make up roughly half of San Francisco’s population, made up 39 percent of those cited for resisting arrest. Asian Americans, who make up roughly a third of the population, accounted for just 3 percent of those cited for resisting arrest. Latinos are not broken out as a separate demographic and instead are generally included among whites.

Critics say resisting-arrest charges can be used to justify excessive police force by placing blame on the suspect. They can also elevate routine interactions from the mundane to the criminal. Suspects can be convicted of resisting arrest, punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine, even when the underlying offense is minor or nonexistent.

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“Any person who has contact with the police should cooperate, regardless if they believe they are in the right or not,” [Police Department spokesman Officer Albie] Esparza wrote in an e-mail. “When anyone does not listen to order and resist police efforts . . . those individuals will be held accountable for their actions regardless of age, race, creed, religion, gender, etc.

“SFPD has a very diverse police force which reflects every walk of life of the citizens that we serve in S.F.,” Esparza added. “We have cultural diversity training in the academy and work with many groups, agencies and have policies against biased policing. Our job is to protect life and property, maintain law and order, and anyone who commits crimes will be arrested plain and simple.”

Police use of force has become a major issue in recent months, fueled by the deaths of unarmed African American suspects in Ferguson, Mo., New York and North Charleston, S.C. On Tuesday, after rioting in Baltimore prompted by the death of a black man who was injured in police custody, President Obama called for a national discussion about how police interact with the public.

In San Francisco, racial disparities in arrest rates are commonplace. African Americans made up 47 percent of all people arrested by San Francisco police from 2009 to 2014, according to department statistics.

Disparity with black women

A study this month by the San Francisco nonprofit Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice found that the disparity in arrest rates for African American women in San Francisco versus women of other races has “risen sharply” over the past 35 years. It found that African American women are arrested in San Francisco at a rate of more than 13 times higher than other women of other races.

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  • IstvanIN

    Even with Whites being lumped in with mestizos, blacks still come out number one.

    • Good point.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      I hear that when Hispanics commit a crime against blacks, the race for the perpetrator is marked “white.” This artificially inflates “hate” crimes by whites. This country is officially living a lie when it comes to race.

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      • Light from the East

        A new joke from a post-racial era of the USA:

        When do a Hispanic man become white?

        Ans: When he commits a crime against black.

      • how about this

        The victim doesn’t even have to be black. According to Jared Taylor (I believe he mentioned it in The Color of Crime, or at least a speech he gave discussing it) Hispanics are not even a category in official records of perpetrators; they can only be marked as Hispanics if they are the victim.

        • Who Me?

          An Hispanic man killed his full brother. They both had the same mother and the same father. The killer was listed as White, the victim was listed as Hispanic. Leads to some strange news stories out here.

        • Earl P. Holt III

          You are referring to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, and you are correct…

        • ghettovalley

          I recently picked up The Color Of Crime, and I am looking forward to reading it. Any other recommended reading material from New Century Foundation or other similar sources, anyone?

          • how about this

            You should try Face to Face with Race. Jared Taylor is the editor and it is a collection of personal experiences with diversity from the perspective of Whites. It has all the diversity, even lesbians and Native Americans!*

            White Identity (by Jared Taylor, not just as an editor) is also excellent. It discusses Black, Hispanic, and Asian-American racial identity as well.

            *These two are only briefly mentioned, sadly.

          • ghettovalley

            Face To Face With Race sounds interesting. I’ll certainly check it out.

      • DaveMed
        • DaveMed

          Pic

    • Speedy Steve

      I can’t help but think of blacks as Number Two.

    • Earl P. Holt III

      Overwhelmingly, in fact…

  • Publius Pompilius Quietus

    “[Some] say resisting-arrest charges can be used to justify excessive police force by placing blame on the suspect.”
    —————————————-
    Black people are so violent that police feel the need to militarize and treat every citizen as a possible criminal.

  • It’s wacky San Francisco. The DA will solve the problem by non prosecution of blacks. Libtards nationwide will hail SF’s response as anti-racism at its finest. Soon, resisting arrest will no longer be a crime. After that, a modern Hellstorm begins.

  • No sweat. San Francisco has an easy solution to the “racism” of the the supposedly disproportionate use of resisting arrest citations — Gentrify and deblackify the city. That way, all the good progressives can change all the laws and ordinances to benefit black people all they want, and conveniently, no blacks will be around to benefit from that.

    • Reverend Bacon

      Actually, it’s not that simple. I’ve spent some time there, and here’s what I know: the 6% accounting for about 50% of the crime is too much greater than the national average, especially with so many hispanics who also commit disproportional crime.

      You’re right, the city is mostly too expensive for blacks to live, outside of all the projects they have. So they get commuter criminals– they live in, say, Oakland or Richmond, and commute to where the white people are. Which is San Francisco.

  • Jason Lewis

    It all comes from a big chip placed on their shoulder.

    • IstvanIN

      They should go back to a plate in the lip.

      • Lexonaut

        That’s a really strange custom, isn’t it? I wonder what the societal survival value is — scaring off virile black men so they won’t be raped?

  • Ronald

    “Critics say resisting-arrest charges can be used to justify excessive
    police force by placing blame on the suspect. They can also elevate
    routine interactions from the mundane to the criminal. Suspects can be
    convicted of resisting arrest, punishable by up to a year in jail and up
    to a $1,000 fine, even when the underlying offense is minor or
    nonexistent.”

    So, are the “critics” saying that when female and male Africans elevate routine interactions with the cops to one of violent resistance, police force is not an acceptable form of response?

    • Reverend Bacon

      Actually, I think you’re too far ahead of them for them to even understand what you say. They seem to have manufactured the idea that no one resists arrest, so all such charges are because cops want to pick on poor black citizens who do nothing wrong.

    • Speedy Steve

      Evil children and vicious pets.

  • LHathaway

    I think what they try to do as part of ‘good police work’ is add as many crimes on to the report as they can come up with. After all, the officers may believe the person is guilty or a bad guy and I think it also gives prosecutors more leeway when ‘dropping charges’ or plea bargaining later. They may not know how far or how intensely prosecutors may want to take the case as part of getting a bad guy off the streets or making them held accountable. Not sure what kind of police culture encourages this. It also would work well at trial. There’s no way someone can be charged with 10 separate offensive and not be guilty of something . . . at least to the normal or rational mind.

  • JackKrak

    “…even though they make up just 6 percent of the city’s population.”

    When you’re talking about blacks, you don’t even know what the first part of that sentence is to know it’s something bad.

  • Whitetrashgang

    The rate of arrest for black woman is 13 times higher,its kind of like whaling in the old days except the subject has no real value.

    • ghettovalley

      Most of the black women I see remind me quite a bit of whales, due to their obesity and what appears to be a thick layer of blubber underneath their skin. Whales, however, are generally beautiful creatures. Black women, not so much.

  • MekongDelta69

    ‘Nice’ of them to lump browns with Whites to skew the stats even more.

    • IstvanIN

      and blacks still win the crime stats!

      • Weisheit77

        It’s one of the multiple intelligences we hear so much about.

  • Weisheit77

    It was either Walter Williams or Thomas Sowell, and I’m paraphrasing, but one of them said something to the effect of “Disparate impact, the belief that Asian female teenagers are just as violent as black male teenagers and only white racism is to blame for the disparity.”
    Call me next time Chinatown burns down.

    “Whites, who make up roughly half of San Francisco’s population, made up 39 percent of those cited for resisting arrest. Asian Americans, who make up roughly a third of the population, accounted for just 3 percent of those cited for resisting arrest. Latinos are not broken out as a separate demographic and instead are generally included among whites.”

    • how about this

      Check your yellow privilege! I am already feeling inferior due to my ability to correctly pronounce the letters R and L. If you don’t give me a handout soon I may forget how to conjugate verbs or operate a condom!

      • It’s Japanese who don’t do the R and L thing very well. They also have trouble with the digraph “th”, which replaced the original northern European letter “thorn”, or right-side-alt plus “t” on modern keyboards, which mine doesn’t do.

        • Weisheit77

          Koreans have a hard time with it too. I worked in a university language school until very recently. Instead of an simple Irish name that starts with R, I was always lyin’. As someone has told a lie or two in my life, it always gave me a good chuckle.

    • Lexonaut

      “Disparate impact, the belief that Asian female teenagers are just as
      violent as black male teenagers and only white racism is to blame for
      the disparity.”

      Priceless.

  • All these “studies” and theories have the same basic flaw: They all assume that all races act and behave the same. That is a huge error and at the heart of all our racial problems.

  • IstvanIN

    …and to think of all the bad gorilla costumes they used in shows like Gilligan’s Island and Batman when they could have just hired this fellow.

  • libertarian1234

    “African Americans Cited for Resisting Arrest at High Rate in S.F.”

    A lot of people are trying to figure out just what these dregs are trying to accomplish with these nonsense riots and protests, especially since blacks have more privileges than any other group in this country.

    Someone wrote recently the black goal is to curtail black arrests down as close to zero as they can get, because they’re so arrogant they take it as a personal affront to have to answer questions posed by police when they’re stopped or brought in for questioning for a crime.

    And that the black talking heads on t.v. think they’re helping to promote blacks and all things black by justifying their crimes and violence.

    I’m sorry to have to tell them that arrests and questioning will not stop, and nobody with common sense thinks the black talking heads are anything but ridiculous with childish assertions that don’t make sense.

    Thankfully, every day this goes on they create even more negative images of blacks.

  • Since race is just a “social construct”, there is no such thing as “black”. This means that the whole study is nonsense.

    • Lexonaut

      Some wag noted a couple of months ago that the periodic table is also just a social construct. I wish I had thought of that.

      • how about this

        Consent is a social construct, so there’s no such thing as rape.

        • Gravity and relativity are also just theories.

          • how about this

            Gravity is so oppressive, man. It’s always bringing people down. Just because someone “weighs” 300 “pounds” doesn’t mean they should feel “heavy.” Gravityists might tell them to put down the spoon, but I quote The Matrix, man, and say, “there is no spoon. It is only your mind that fattens.”

          • I am a big fan of gravity. The earth rotates once each 24-hour day. It’s also 24 thousand miles around, which means it is spinning at a thousand miles an hour. Gravity is thus what keeps me from being flung upward into the sky by centrifugal force. Since I am terrified of heights, I’m calling this one “good”.

  • A Freespeechzone

    When you add the fact that the attitude coming out of the WH, DOJ, media and liberals; they only encourages and emboldens negroes to ‘cop attitude’ and resist arrest when lawfully detained by LE.

  • BobQSoss

    In San Francisco? Try everywhere blacks are found.

  • I couldn’t help but notice that this faux “study” made no attempt whatever to break down “resisting arrest” citations by age groups. Could it be that young folks are more likely than the elderly to fly off the handle and escalate a police encounter? The fact that different demographic groups don’t all behave identically is completely understood in industries like advertising. Why would it be some dark mystery when it comes to criminal behavior?

    • IstvanIN

      Wow, good point about advertising. Companies do all sorts of studies about what demographic will buy what.

    • Lexonaut

      ” The fact that different demographic groups don’t all behave
      identically is completely understood in industries like advertising.
      Why would this be some dark mystery when it comes to criminal behavior?”

      Outstanding! I’m going to remember it and use it.

  • how about this

    I object to the use of the number 8. The term “88” is code for “Heil Hitler,” H being the 8th letter of the alphabet. Women’s bodies are also sometimes compared to the shape of the number 8 by lecherous men. We need to disavow the Nazi, misogynist history of this dark number and replace it with one which rejects intersectional oppression. I recommend smeven.

  • Samuel Hathaway

    Hey FAT BOY! Eat another box of KING DONS!!

    • Oil Can Harry

      He’ll eat a King Don while grooming his hair like Don King.

  • John Smith

    This plays into the demonstrated high (and misplaced) self-confidence negroes have in themselves and the resulting narcissism. How dare anyone challenge them, especially if that person isn’t a negro and particularly a white.

  • Light from the East

    Is it a coincidence that black homicide rate is 8 times higher than white’s? No. 8 is a powerful magic number.

  • Lexonaut

    ““Any person who has contact with the police should cooperate, regardless if they believe they are in the right or not,”

    It’s just stunning to me that anyone, white or black, would fail to cooperate. The place to contest an arrest is in court, not in confrontation with an officer of the law who is authorized to use deadly force and carries a gun for exactly that purpose.

    Geez. Give me a break.

  • Speedy Steve

    Nice moobs, tubby. It can’t even climb a tree.

  • Speedy Steve

    The numbers don’t add up 45+39+3=87%. So what are the other 13%, since mestizos are considered to be White Hispanics? And what’s more I’ll bet a boatload of that 6% Africans are black homosexuals, who are not known for strong-arming liquors stores or stealing women’s purses.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    Blacks get arrested more than white because the commit more crimes. Black get cited for resisting arrest more than whites because they resist arrest more than whites. Whites get killed more than any other group while in police custody. Why is that? White privilege?

  • SimplyFred

    The police in Baltimore should use these facts and figures to explain what happened to that drug dealing drug addicted Freddy Gray.

    • George Henders

      The city government is black, and quite obviously very incompetent.

      Easier for a black police chief and his majority black police force to blame ‘racist whites’ for their own incompetence.

  • George Henders

    It is always amazing how liberals love to cite ‘disparities’ in black arrests and incarceration – and have all the stats at their fingertips – but if you dare point out that they are arrested as the result of disparities in BEHAVIOR, then suddenly they don’t like statistics, question your sources, and when all else fails call you ‘racist’.

  • Snazzy Snook

    Yes, the first words out of a blacks mouth are ” I ain’t did nuffin”
    and the resist goes on from there ..

  • If a Black person resists arrest, then don’t arrest. Have police ask politely if he minds being arrested. This would solve all problems.

    Had Zimmerman not trailed Trayvon Martin, without consent, nothing would have happened. Well, maybe Trayvon would have broken into a house. But no altercation between Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin.

    Had police respected Mr Gardner and Mr Gray’s desire NOT to get arrested, nothing would have happened. Had police allowed Michael Brown to continue walking in the middle of the street, nothing would have happened.

    /This is meant to be sarcasm

    But if you watch main stream media MSM, this is how liberals think.

  • Irish

    Absurdly overcharged.. They chased down a multiple, multiple, convicted fleeing felon, who ran as soon as he was seen by the police. As a younger man I was (regretfully) arrested on a couple occasions. Every single one involved booze. A bar fight, P.I…NEVER did it occur to me to argue (Much less) FIGHT with the police. And to be fair, I had a couple that were not “Officer Friendly”…

  • OhWow

    And of course any discrepancy portraying blacks in a negative light MUST be “racist”.

    It can’t ever be true. They are just victims of a mythical system!

  • I’m a “no-surrender” holdout in the War on Noticing.

  • ghettovalley

    “Whites, who make up roughly half of San Francisco’s population, made up 39 percent of those cited for resisting arrest.”

    But wait, what? A bunch of progressive lefty pansies are resisting arrest in San Francisco? What am I missing here?

    “Latinos are not broken out as a separate demographic and instead are generally included among whites.”

    Oooooooh, okay.

  • CharlieSeattle

    It’s a crime to riot, loot and resist arrest.

    Now for a public service message from Chris Rock.

    How not to get your azzz kicked by da police!

    youtube. com/watch?v=uj0mtxXEGE8

  • No, I don’t agree. They don’t want a race war. At least not now. What they believe, and they are mainly leftists, many in their sixties by now, is that “all races are equal” and that any disparity must be due to “white racism.” Yes, there are some-Obama, Holder, and a few others-who simply hate our society and want to deliberately bring it down. But the majority of the problem is the gullible but well meaning liberal who honestly believes that what he/she is doing is right and just. “The road to hell…” Am I letting liberals off the hook? No, not at all. Their misguided principles will lead us down just as fast as if it were their deliberate intention. Remember, that even Pol Pot was not a personally cruel individual. He was an intellectual type who honestly believed he could make a just socialist utopia on earth…and we know where that led.