Racism in the Baltimore Police Department

August 11, 2016 - Ana Marie Cox 08/11/2016 Views: 1,893

A Department of Justice investigation sheds light on the widespread pattern of blatant police discrimination against black citizens in Baltimore, MD. (6:32)

All right. All right, now,there's been a lot of talk

in the last couple years aboutthe systemic racism that exists

in many of America'spolice departments.

Uh, what is your takeon this, America's

most beloved anti-blackblack sheriff, David Clarke?

Do we know...

that-that, generally,

the American law enforcementofficers are racist?

There is no data.

There is no research

that provesany of that nonsense. None.

Okay, angry Common, calm down.

Really.

All right...

A little bit,a little bit, right?

A little bit. Okay.

All right,that was a month ago.

Well, guess what,black Yosemite Sam?

We... we got some data,we got some research,

and it proves that whatyou're saying is nonsense.

Let's get to Baltimoreand this, uh, scathing report

from the department of justice

about the Baltimore citypolice department.

Officers routinelyviolated people's--

particularly African-American's-- civil rights.

Jesus, man.

There you have it--first Ferguson,

now another DOJ report confirmsracial bias in policing.

All right, you know for more,let's turn to Mike Yard

with the No (bleep) News.

-♪ -(cheering, applause)

Hey, Mike. So, uh...

so, Mike, uh, the DOJhas reported

that the Baltimore PDis riddled with racism.

Yeah, no (bleep), Larry.

Thank you, Mike,for that in-depth analysis.

That's Mike Yard and theNo (bleep) News, everybody.

-Thank you very much.-(cheering, applause)

That's a...

That's a ver... very shortyet efficient news program.

All right, let's dig intothe stats in this report,

because the proof is inthe implicitly biased pudding.

Blacks make up 60%of Baltimore's drivers

but account for 82%of traffic stops.

Indeed, one African-American manwas stopped 30 times

in less than four years,with none of the stops

resulting in a citationor a criminal charge.

Holy (bleep).

They pulled this brother over30 times in less than four years

and then you wonder why blackpeople are late all the time.

Hello?

CP time-- cop pull over time.

Not my fault.

Now, on the one hand, you know,I feel for this brother,

but on the other hand,after the 30th time,

he's finally won a couponfor one free crime.

Congratulations.Pretty good.

Murder not included.

Oh, and don't worry,Baltimore police bias

even comes with a fun twist.

Baltimore police, uh,disproportionately

stop African-Americans intraffic stops looking for drugs,

even though the policeare more than twice as likely

to find drugs on white people.

Jesus.

Okay, now we go backto Mike Yard

and the (bleep) Please News.

Hey, Mike, are you surprisedthat the Baltimore police

disproportionately stopAfrican-Americans

in traffic stops lookingfor drugs even though the police

are more than twice as likelyto find drugs on white people?

-(bleep), please.-All right.

That was Mike Yard with the(bleep) Please News, everybody.

(cheering, applause)

Thank you, Mike.

People are like, "I thinkLarry likes that word."

(cheering, applause)

Okay, what else, Baltimore PD?

Baltimore, a citythat is 63% black...

Of the 410 pedestrians who werestopped at least ten times

in the five and a half yearsof data reviewed,

95% were black.

Look, how do the policeexpect us to trust them

when we're stoppedfor walking while black

or talking while black

or sitting on our own stepswhile black?

I'm just surprisedno one got arrested

for getting arrestedwhile black.

Right?

You were getting arrested,weren't you, boy?

You stole them handcuffs,didn't you? Yeah.

But wha... I don't know.

But what's so crazy about thebehavior detailed in the report

is how transparent it is.This is true, guys.

So, listen to... to this storyabout a sergeant and an officer

who's doing a ride-along

with the DOJ rep in the car.

The sergeant told himto get the people

off the corner, disperse them.

And the officer said,"Well, I-I don't

have a reason to do that."

The sergeant said,"Make one up."

What the (bleep)?!

He said, "Make one up"

while the DOJ guy--

who was investigatingpolice corruption--

was sitting right there.

But that's how normalizedthis corruption is.

I mean, look, it's likeif you're filing your taxes

with the IRS agentsitting next to you and you say,

"Hey, man, can you hand methose dummy receipts?"

Yeah.

Daddy wants somecash back, you know?

You know.

What... It doesn't make... Aah!

(grunts)

All right.

But it turns out there'sa history to Baltimore culture

of overpolicing, and the reportsuggests it points to one man.

REPORTER:It blames nobody in particular,

but it does blame the city'szero-tolerance policing,

which was institutedback in 1999

under the, uh, directionof then-mayor Martin O'Malley.

O'Malley?

Remember him-- that hunky,young, instantly forgettable

presidential candidatewho, uh...

Wait, what was he again?

I already lost it.

M... McMarthy?

Oh, yeah-- O'Malley, O'Malley.

Uh, instituted this policyof zero-tolerance policing,

which meant cracking downon minor crimes

in the hopes of catchingmajor crimes.

And, indeed, Mayor O'Malley'szero-tolerance policy

led to a huge surgein arrests over the years.

Arrests in the year 2005soared to 108,000.

That's the equivalent of one...

of one-sixthof this city's population.

(audience groans)

Look, Baltimore police,you arrested 100,000 people.

So, clearly, you're not lazy.

Just, next time try arresting100,000 people

who actuallydid (bleep), maybe?

-I mean...-(cheering, applause)

Just a thought.

But that's whythese-these DoJ investigations

are crucial to proving to theFox News sheriffs of the world

that there really is a problemwith policing in America.

But I just wish we could stopusing our resources

to prove something the blackcommunity has been saying

is true for decadesand instead use those resources

to actually find solutions.We'll be right back.

(cheering and applause)

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