Report: Oakland police stop blacks at higher rate

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Updated: 3/24 5:55 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A new report by the Oakland Police Department says its officers stop and search blacks at a far higher rate than any other racial group in the city.

Oakland Police said in a preliminary report released on Monday that while blacks comprise 28 percent of Oakland's population, they accounted for 62 percent of nearly 15,000 police stops during an eight-month period last year.

The report says that while blacks were more likely to be searched after they were stopped, police were no more likely to recover contraband from them than from any other ethnic group.

The report had been ordered by a federally appointed monitor as part of court-mandated reforms to settle a multimillion-dollar lawsuit alleging widespread misconduct in the aftermath of the Riders police brutality scandal more than a decade ago.

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