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By The Numbers: Black Residents in Ferguson Disproportionately Stopped by Police

As the country zeroes in on the civil unrest currently underway in Ferguson, Missouri following the death of an unarmed teen (the latest in a string of incidences involving excessive forced used against Black Americans,) new details have emerged which paint a picture of racial tensions that have been simmering within the St. Louis suburb for some time now.

In a report leaked to the press this week, records show that while Whites make up nearly a third of Ferguson’s population, they account for only 12.7% of stops made by the police department last year. In comparison, African-Americans made up 93% of arrests following car stops, despite the fact that Whites have been noted as more likely to actually contain contraband upon being searched. African-Americans were also more likely to be assigned tickets than their White counterparts within Ferguson, with Hispanics following behind in the number of citations and warrants issued.

This information has only added to the growing frustration amid concerns that the Ferguson Police Department has unjustly targeted minorities throughout the community, an underlying issue that may have played a contributing factor in the death of teen Michael Brown.

As previously reported by the Los Angeles Times, according to a statement made by Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, “Ferguson’s police chief and mayor are white. Of the six City Council members, one is black. The local school board has six white members and one Latino. Of the 53 commissioned officers on the police force, three are black.”

As the country zeroes in on the civil unrest currently underway in Ferguson, Missouri following the death of an unarmed teen (the latest in a string of incidences involving excessive forced used against Black Americans,) new details have emerged which paint a picture of racial tensions that have been simmering within the St. Louis suburb for some time now.

In a report leaked to the press this week, records show that while Whites make up nearly a third of Ferguson’s population, they account for only 12.7% of stops made by the police department last year. In comparison, African-Americans made up 93% of arrests following car stops, despite the fact that Whites have been noted as more likely to actually contain contraband upon being searched. African-Americans were also more likely to be assigned tickets than their White counterparts within Ferguson, with Hispanics following behind in the number of citations and warrants issued.

This information has only added to the growing frustration amid concerns that the Ferguson Police Department has unjustly targeted minorities throughout the community, an underlying issue that may have played a contributing factor in the death of teen Michael Brown.

According to a statement made by Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, “Ferguson’s police chief and mayor are white. Of the six City Council members, one is black. The local school board has six white members and one Latino. Of the 53 commissioned officers on the police force, three are black.”

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  • InTheNightKitchen

    Someone was a little happy with the copy & paste.

    This is not surprising news. The question we need an answer to, is wtf are we going to do? I’ve been seriously thinking on what’s the next step, but I’m only getting frustrated.

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      well that thumbnail picture tells what they’re side has done fr

    • J Burn

      same here bro…

  • Burny Blaze

    How does a town that’s 67% black have a white mayor and a white police chief ? Only 3 out of 53 police officers are black ? How does that even happen ? What century is this place in ?

    • Arizona AZ

      interesting..

  • I was telling folks down here in Florida about Ferguson and them st.louis county’s police….they are probably the most racist police force in the nation. Just as those young boys were walking down the street minding their business, they were stalked unjustly. Now the whole country can see what we have to deal with on the daily. My folks used to live in Ferguson and I can truly attest to the fact that their police department will fk with u for any reason, I’ve been harassed for just walking down the street and my actual first time going to jail was in Ferguson. They definitely fck with our kind for no reason and have been doing it for years. That is why you see our city trying to stand up against them so harf. Everyone in the city knows about st. Louis County police…they still haven’t given any answers and we still don’t know that pigs name. That’s why we riding on em.

  • A few things folks need to know….Ferguson police haven’t reached out to his family yet, neither has the FBI, the family doesn’t even have their child’s body and don’t even know how many times the kid was shot….just heard all this from their lawyer…can you even imagine their pain? Only thing they know is that their son is dead man this sht is sad. I mean can you fckn imagine having to deal with sonething like this?

  • J Burn

    I bet those “commissioned” officers are ex-military….can you say PTSD?

  • Burny Blaze

    Black citizens of Ferguson, you want to get back at the police department and the mayor ? Vote the mayor out. You make up two thirds of the population. Vote in a black mayor who will hire a black police commissioner who will hire a mostly black police staff which is representative of your cities population. For a city that’s 67% black it’s truly bizarre that the police chief, mayor and 94% of the police department AREN’T black.

    • Only to whitefolks.

      It’s almost a foregone conclusion that they have thought of your idea before, but chances are, the system is “STILL” rigged against Blacks.

      • Burny Blaze

        I like trolling too but this is a serious issue. People are angry and looking for answers. What i’m suggesting might help.

      • Yeah, but you know you liked that MEME :)

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  • Markus

    Ferguson needs to rally together stop the looting and vandalism of their community and exercise their power being the majority and vote for change. It’s not the complete solution to what’s wrong but it would be a step in the right path.

    • By that logic….so is the looting and vandalism.

      Niether changes their condition for the better…or worse.

  • The Black Fist

    Most of our minorities rather take their frustrations out on each other instead
    of converting that negative energy into something positive like rallying up to vote
    these racist dicks out of office, There are many cities just like Ferguson in need and desperate for black C.E.O’s, Mayors, jobs, etc: But when we are granted those blessings our leaders and us as individuals must be true and stay true & put in the necessary work as citizens coz another Kwame Kilpatrick will disgracefully defeat the purpose.

  • jubileeshine

    Witness To Michael Brown’s Shooting Opens Up: He Was ‘Shot Like An Animal’

    huffingtonpost[DOT]com/2014/08/13/michael-brown-friend-shooting_n_5675097[DOT]html

    Just days before he was supposed to head to college, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in his hometown of Ferguson, Missouri.

    Ferguson police have yet to speak with witness Dorian Johnson, Michael Brown’s friend who was with him at the time of the shooting, however NBC News interviewed the 22-year-old about the events leading up to Brown’s death.

    Johnson clocked the altercation with the officer at about 2 p.m. on Saturday, while he and Brown were walking in their neighborhood.

    He said the confrontation quickly escalated from the officer ordering them onto the sidewalk to grabbing hold of Brown and threatening him with his weapon. After an initial shot was fired, both Brown and Johnson ran, the former ducking behind a car.

    Johnson offered an emotional account of the incident, saying Brown turned to the officer with his hands in the air to explain he was unarmed but was unable to finish before the officer fired several shots at him. Johnson said he never once heard “freeze,” “stop” or “hold.”

    “It hurt him a lot. I [could] see it in his eyes.”

    Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, also condemned the shooting of her son, “you don’t do a dog like that.”

    Johnson was resolute in his conclusion the officer acted unlawfully.

    “It was like putting someone to execution… I definitely think he is guilty of murder.”

  • kasshu

    Hmm yup, no dominate Ideology going on in this state. smh #Control

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  • britishrose

    well dam do we have to even wonder what is going on? and that statistic is not just in ferguson that is in small towns nationwide you only see equality in the bigger cities . this is a shame do wonder the blacks are held at disadvantage in all issues relating to ferguson .. ferguson USA .. THERE IS A TOWN CALLED RICHARDSON TX .. the police was devastaing in the early 2000 with stop ever single black that would ride through richardson at night time … and when black start g etting wind of it they bought it to city counsel which addressed it with the police chief and ibet you they stopped harrassing blacks . texas is a real racist state next to missouri and georgia and with all the high population of blacks in georgia you wouldnt think it would be this way in that state this is no time to call for racial harmony we are pass that kiss ass conversation . lets harmonize at the door of congress , once this man is bought to justice for his injustice .. we all forgot one thing white people band together and what is happening now sets up the younger generation of young white cops returning from the military qualifying easily for cop jobs . . this will open our eyes to them . and what they are learning now so a 9 year old white kid seeing no justice in this situation and seeing how whites hate blacks and oppose justice ,unless your white ,, those same kids will grow up depressed finding refuge in anger of blacks ..like there ancestor right now….we are tireless soldier for civil peace but we will not crawl on our knees we will walk standing tall as men do … we are in the progress of change and dont know it as before change can only come with force and tollerance indurance and pride we can not stand here and watch a whole generation be shoved in the mudd by a bunch of nazis and pitiful white people with personal problems ..camflaugeing as mercy for white .. no justice no progress

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