New data on BPD stops, searches poses problem

CITY AFFAIRS: After a delay in the collection and publicization of data, Berkeley Police Department must hold itself accountable to the public it claims to serve and protect.

The recently released data report on Berkeley Police Department’s vehicle stops and searches — indicating an excessively high number of stops and searches of underrepresented minorities — represents a manifestation of larger national trends and a lesson: Even liberal Berkeley is not immune to racial biases. When comparing the demographics
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