Yep, if good ol’ “liberal” Berkeley, it’s still a crime to be driving while black, according to data released by the Berkeley Police Department following a California Public Records Act .
From the Daily Californian:
The paper reports:
The data released by BPD contained 2,199 previously unreleased cases of pedestrian and bicycle stops. Within that information, race was recorded for 1,652 individuals.
Of the pedestrian and bicycle stops made between Jan. 26 and Aug. 31 for which demographic data were recorded, approximately 50 percent were of white people, while approximately 32 percent were of black people. According to the city of Berkeley’s Existing Conditions Report, black people made up approximately 8 percent of the population in 2013, while white people made up about 56 percent.
According to George Lippman, a member of the city’s Police Review Commission, this demographic information should be a significant starting point in the conversation about Berkeley policing.