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Liberal California Has a Huge Racial Profiling Problem

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Take it from a lifelong Californian: My home state is not as liberal as many people here pretend.

We tell ourselves that, because our state isn’t Arizona or Texas, this must be the most “woke” state in the country. Don’t believe the hype.

When confronted with the homeless, the farm worker, the immigrant, or the public school student with a learning disability, Californians often fail to walk it like we talk it. The same goes for Black people who come into contact with police here.

According to a troubling new study from the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), “Racial Disparities in Law Enforcement Stops,” Black Californians continue to experience a totally different policing system than their white counterparts.

The report analyzed data from almost 4 million stops in 2019 by the 15 largest law enforcement agencies in California. They included the California Highway Patrol (CHP), eight police departments (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Fresno, San Jose, Long Beach, and Oakland) and six county sheriff’s departments (Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Sacramento, San Diego, Riverside, and Orange County).

They found that Black people are more than twice as likely to be searched as white people, even as searches of Black people are less likely to turn up contraband or evidence of illegal activity. Yet Black people are almost twice as likely to be booked in jail after a stop as white people.

Even after factoring in differences in locales and the context for various stops — for instance those where an office has knowledge of an outstanding warrant—there are still significant racial inequities. While Black people make up about 6 percent of California’s population, they account for........

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