Just because Eric Holder and the Department of Justice have been unable to file any charges against Officer Darren Wilson in connection with Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, Missouri, that doesn’t mean the DoJ won’t stop fanning the flames of police racism in the embattled city.
This week, the New York Times reports that according to analysis issued by the Justice Department, the Ferguson Police Department was routinely violating the constitutional rights of its black residents.
‘”Federal investigators conducted hundreds of interviews, reviewed 35,000 pages of police records and analyzed race data compiled for every police stop.”
“The report will most likely force Ferguson officials to either negotiate a settlement with the Justice Department or face being sued by it on charges of violating the Constitution.”
In particular, Holder is trying to turn the screws on the Ferguson police for racial bias during traffic stops.Hat tip to Kevin Jackson of theblacksphere.net for digging through the statistics to find the truth. The Missouri attorney general released a report comparing the racial make—up of those pulled over for traffic stops compared to the population in general and then generated a “disparity index,” with 1.0 being a perfect score. In that case, it would mean the percentage of black people (for example) pulled over for traffic stops would be equal to the percentage of black people in the total population.
According to the attorney general’s report, the disparity index for the black population in Ferguson is 1.37, because while 63 percent of the population is black, 86 percent of those pulled over for traffic stops are black.
Voila! Racial bias in Ferguson. Even though there was no evidence to suggest Darren Wilson unlawfully shot Michael Brown and even though the whole “hands up, don’t shoot” meme is now admitted by Holder to be bogus, there is clearly racial bias in Ferguson based on the traffic stop data. And by the way, Ferguson’s mayor is a white Republican. So Ferguson = bad.
Now just up the road, it’s a different story.
The towns of Berkeley and Pine Lawn each have black city councils and mayors.
In Berkeley, only 15 percent of the population is white, but whites make up 42 percent of the traffic stops for a disparity index of 2.69.
And in Pine Lawn, a mere 1.4 percent of the population is white, but whites make up 27.5 percent of the traffic stops for a whopping disparity index of 19.32.
Oddly, Eric Holder finds no particular reason to investigate the apparent “racial bias” in these communities.
Apparently when it comes to racial bias, only black lives matter.
Read the rest of Kevin Jackson’s story here.