Report: Oakland Police Stop Mostly Blacks

62 percent of people stopped, searched by OPD are black, statistics show

NBC Bay Area

Black people comprise only 28 percent of Oakland's population, but make up 62 percent of the people stopped and searched by police.

The release of the statistics, requested by the city's independent police auditor, has "renewed concerns about racial profiling," according to the Oakland Tribune.

Latinos made up 17 percent of stops, with whites, Asians and "others" at 12, 6 and 3 percent, respectively.

That's 9,034 stops of black people, to 2,524 of Latinos, or about five times everyone else combined.

Police brass preached caution and pledged to "further interpret the data," the newspaper reported.

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