Major racial disparities in CPD stop and frisk practices, new data shows

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A new report was released Wednesday from the office overseeing police reform in Chicago.

The new data shows that Black people in the city were nine times as likely to be stopped by police than white people and that Latinos were about three times as likely to be stopped than a White person.

The report also shows that police stopped Black people at rates higher than their percentage in the population in every Chicago police district, regardless of the crime rate in those districts.

"The Chicago Police Department failed to provide any explanation that could justify the profound racial and ethnic disparities in its stop and frisk practices," the ACLU of Illinois said in response.

"The racial and ethnic disparities in CPD’s stops, frisks and searches are not attributable to higher crime rates in police districts with higher percentages of Black and Latino residents."

The office of independent monitor Maggie Hickey said the report covers data between the years of 2018 and 2020.

"The Chicago Police Department and the City of Chicago, in agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, entered into an agreement in 2015 to ensure CPD's investigatory stops and protective pat down policies and practices are constitutional," the CPD said in a statement.

"We anticipate that a stipulation will be filed in court later amending the consent decree in regards to investigatory stop and protective pat down policies. These efforts to improve our these policies remain an important part of our overall reform efforts as we continue to build and maintain trust within the communities we serve."

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