Uncovering Discrimination at the Baltimore Police Department

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After Donald Trump calls for heavier policing in African-American neighborhoods, Trevor examines racial bias within communities like Baltimore. (8:08)

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Trump is alsoon the campaign trail.

In fact, last nightin Wisconsin,

he made a pitchdirectly to black voters.

Not near black voters,

but to black voters.

REPORTER: Trump asking for the African-American vote

in front of a nearly all white crowd in West Bend, Wisconsin,

a town that is 95% white.

I'm asking for the vote

of every African-Americancitizen

struggling in our country today,

who wants a differentand much better future.

You know things are bad

when a rich white manis asking black people for help.

That's when you know.

Yeah, because, normally,the only time

a 70-year-old billionaireis asking black people for help,

it's usually their nurse.That's where they're asking.

And it's usually becausethey (bleep) themselves,

which, technically,the Trump campaign has,

so I guess it makes sense.

Now, now, of course, if Trump isasking for black voter support,

he's got to give them a reasonto vote for him, right?

Which is why he hadto say some words

about the relationship betweenpolice and the black community.

The narrative of cops

as a racist force in our society

has been pushed aggressivelyfor years

and nowby our current administration

and pushed by my opponent,

-Hillary Clinton...-(booing)

you know is a totally false one.

So, so, wait,

Donald Trump is implyingthat the only reason

black communities feel oppressed

isn't becauseof their experiences.

No, it's because of theDemocrats who have tricked them.

Like, before that,

black people didn't knowwhat was happening to them?

Like, black peoplewere surprised Democrats came,

and they were like, "Wait, what?What? This is oppression?

"Oh, I thoughtthe officer was massaging me

"with his nightstick.Oh, I didn't know.

Why, thank you, Mr. Democrat."

Okay, so, so, sorry,I-I interrupted you.

Please, Mr. Donald Trump,since you are down

with the black community,uh, won't you be so kind

as to suggest a solutionto the problem

of perceived police misconduct?

The problemin our poorest communities

is not that there aretoo many police.

The problem is thatthere are not enough police.

Whoa...

Donald Trump said that statementlike someone who smoked

a (bleep)-ton of weed,

and he's just thinking of...

"The problem isthere are not enough police.

"Whoa.

"Whoa...

"And, look,

"look at my hands.

"My hands are so regular sized.

Whoa!"

Here-Here's the problem I havewith that statement,

"we need more police."

You cannot pitch more police

without fixing the policethat are already there, right?

The Philadelphia 76ers don'tneed more basketball players--

they needbetter basketball players.

Because when it comesto policing in America,

whenever an investigationis conducted

into a police department, theJustice Department's findings

often sound like this.

A scathing reportjust released today revealing

racial bias inthe Baltimore Police Department.

They are trained using lawthat is invalid,

wrong, or unconstitutional.

REPORTER: Routinely stop, search, and arrest

African-American residents for no good reason.

REPORTER 2: Too quick to use Tasers

when confronting people with mental problems.

REPORTER: Police too often resort to excessive force,

even when there's no danger to officers or others.

REPORTER 3: One commander once ordered,

"Lock up all the black hoodies."

Wow. "Lock upall the black hoodies."

The only timethat statement is acceptable

in the workplace isif you're a manager at H&M.

That's the only timeyou can say that.

"Lock up all the black hoodies.

"They're ourmost expensive item.

$6.99 each, people!"

(laughter)

But seriously, though,

Stopping African-American peopleis so habitual

for the Baltimore policethat one man,

who has never foundto be doing anything wrong,

was stopped 30 timesin less than four years.

Here's how normal it was

for them to treat black peoplethis way.

"During a ride-along withJustice Department officials,

"a BaltimorePolice Department sergeant

"instructed a patrol officer

"to stop a groupof young African-American males

"on a street corner,

question themand order them to disperse."

WOMAN 2: "When the patrol officer protested

"that he had no valid reason to stop the group,

"the sergeant replied, 'Then make something up.'"

(audience groaning)

Investigators from the JusticeDepartment are in the car

with the police to see ifthey're doing something wrong,

anything wrong, and their habitsare so entrenched

that they can't help themselves.

There's someone right theretelling you not to do it,

and still, you do it.

You know what that's like?You know what that's like?

It's like this cat.

WOMAN:No, no, no, no, no!

Kitty, no, no, no. Ss. No.

No, eh?

(laughter)

-No.-(glass clinks onto floor)

-(applause and cheering)-Yeah.

Now imagine that glassis your constitutional rights.

You know, sometimeswhen people hear stories

about black people being stoppeda lot by the police,

it sounds like an irritation,you know.

You know, you get stopped a lot.That's irritating.

But then you hear a storythat paints a picture

of what these stops can lead to.

WOMAN: This is from the Department of Justice report.

"Officers ordered the woman to exit her vehicle,

"remove her clothes, and stand on the sidewalk to be searched.

"The woman asked the male officer in charge,

"'I really got to take all my clothes off?'

"The male officer replied 'Yeah'

and ordered a female officer to strip-search the woman."

"Finding no weapons or contraband

"around the woman's chest,

"the officer then pulled down the woman's underwear

"and searched her anal cavity.

"This search again found no evidence of wrongdoing

"and the officers released the woman without charges.

"The search occurred in full view of the street,

"although the supervising male officer claimed

he 'turned away' and did not watch the woman disrobe."

I like how he added that,like that made it better.

Oh, he turned away.

What a gentleman, yes.

And here I thought that behaviorwas borderline criminal.

Now this story is a story.

It is anecdotal.I understand that.

It's true.

Although it is one way ofunderstanding what's happening

in African-American communitiesin America.

The other way of understandingis to focus on the system.

So let's take a look at a piece

of the Baltimore PoliceDepartment system.

You can find iton page 38 of the DOJ report.

This is a template used bythe Baltimore police officers.

And this is completely real.We couldn't even believe it.

It was sent to them by a shiftcommander to save them time

while writing uptrespassing or arrests, right?

So it's likea police cheat sheet

with blanksthat you can fill in.

So it says things like,"on (date)

"at approximately (time),

the officer was workingat... this address."

And then you can fill inwhatever you want.

So all the details are therefor you to fill in.

But there was one detailthat was always prefilled.

The suspect was a "black male."

Yeah. And that, my friends,is just flat-out racist...

-to white people.-(laughter)

Because this statement makes itimpossible for any white man

to be a trespasser.

Yeah. What if that'sa white guy's dream? Huh?

What if he's trying to trespass

and every cop that comes byis just like,

"Hey, what are you doing here?You here for a job interview?"

"No, man. I'm trespassing."

"Well, I'm sorry, Josh,I don't have a form for that,

"so you're hired.Come on, let's go.

Let's go! Let's go!"

So next time someone tells youthe "narrative"

of racial bias in policingis made up,

maybe you can use this template.

What you do isyou fill in the dates,

the place where it happened,

and the name of the personwho dismissed your racial claim.

Oh, and then there's one fieldthat we can prefill,

because the personwho's telling you this,

they're always a jackass.