Racial Brutality — or Police Brutality?

Often when a bias crime case goes to trial, the prosecution needs only to convince a judge or jury that a defendant’s actions were motivated by ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or race. But sometimes, as in this case that ended Jan. 25, it becomes much more complicated.

Police response key to fighting hate crimes

Crimes motivated by race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation may be going underreported because beat officers have little training in recognizing these types of bias crimes. And recent charges of police brutality have inflamed another problem: Some victims of bias crimes, especially minorities, may not report such attacks for fear of being victimized again — this time by police.

Minority Leaders Charge Police with ‘Disorderly Conduct’

An analysis of police records by The Chicago Reporter shows that in the first half of this year there were 97,221 disorderly conduct arrests in Chicago. The analysis also found that those arrests are escalating most rapidly in predominantly black police districts.The sharp increases are particularly significant in light of the charges of police harassment and brutality from residents and leaders of the city’s minority neighborhoods.

City’s Clearance Rates Decline, National Rates Down; Few Minorities Assigned To Detective, Tactical Units

Howard Saffold, president of the Afro-American Patrolmen’s League blames the police department, more than the criminal, for the current drop in clearance rates. Saffold puts it bluntly, “Racism is the basis of the low solution rate. No more than 13 per cent of the department’s detectives are black.” Saffold argues that since most serious crimes occur in the black police districts, most detective work must also be done in these districts.