The Race Gap in America’s Police Departments

The New York Times has released graphs comparing racial make-up of communities vs. that of police departments across the United States. In hundreds of police departments across the country, the percentage of whites on the force is more than 30 percentage points higher than in the communities they serve, according to an analysis of a government survey of police departments.

According to NYT, “the Chicago Police Department faced several lawsuits from 1970 to 2000 that forced it to hire more minorities. But it is still more than half white, despite the city’s relatively equal numbers of whites, Hispanics and blacks. Towns that had a huge influx of Hispanics in recent decades, like Cicero, have some of the largest racial disparities.”

Check facinating graphs here!


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