Council to Respond to Sac PD Racial Profiling Report
The Sacramento City Council will deal with the uncomfortable issue of racial profiling at its meeting tonight. That’s because a city commission will report that the Police Department is twice as likely to pull black motorists over as non-blacks.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
The Community Racial Profiling Commission was set up four years ago, and it worked with a consulting firm to research this report. The results: Not only are blacks more likely to be pulled over, blacks and Hispanics are more likely to be asked to leave their vehicles. That’s despite the fact that none of the groups were given tickets at a disproportionate rate.
Council member Kevin McCarty says he wants to hear the city and its police department acknowledge there’s a problem – and then, start figuring out what to do.
McCarty: “I don’t think tomorrow at our city council meeting we’re gonna come up with a magic ten solutions, but I think something I wanna do as a council member is ask our police department to come back to us with a plan to talk about how we’re gonna work on these issues.”
Police Chief Rick Braziel declined comment through a spokesman yesterday. But last week, he told the Sacramento Bee that while his department is not racist, the numbers show it has some issues it needs to work on.