Study finds LA police stop more blacks than whites
By THOMAS WATKINS Associated Press Writer
"The results of this study raise grave concerns that African-Americans and Hispanics are over-stopped, over-frisked, over-searched, and over-arrested," said report author Ian Ayres, a Yale Law School economist and professor.
Even though Ayres used the LAPD's own data, his findings were at odds with an earlier analysis carried out for the department. The LAPD acknowledged racial disparities in some divisions but, after controlling for several variables, found "no consistent pattern of race effects."
A summary of Ayres' report states that during the past five years the LAPD has received nearly 1,200 citizen complaints alleging racial profiling, but the department hasn't sustained a single one.
"Los Angeles officials have yet to acknowledge the scope of the problem of racially biased policing or to fully embrace solutions," the summary stated.
"This department does not engage in racial profiling, has not. We have significant safeguards built in to protect against that," Bratton said Monday at a press conference. "Nobody investigates allegations of racial bias or racial profiling more aggressively than this department, this commission and this inspector general."
"Dr. Ayres is trying to manipulate existing data to prove what 9,700 individual officers are thinking when they make traffic stops - which is an exercise that might work on a spreadsheet at Yale, but doesn't work on the streets of Los Angeles," Sands said.