It’s not uncommon to hear minorities claim racial prejudice against police departments across the nation. From the infamous Rodney King case in Los Angeles to the DOJ lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department, racial prejudice and profiling charges are like a plague in law enforcement.
But this is the first time that I’ve heard of police dogs being called racist.
The Police Assessment Resource Center (Parc) is a non-profit organization whose goal is to advance effective and accountable law enforcement. They claim that the police dogs are biting more Hispanics and blacks than whites. In 2004, thirty Hispanics were bitten by Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department police dogs and in 2012 there were thirty-nine Hispanics bitten; an increase of 30%. Likewise the number of blacks bitten by LASD police dogs rose by thirty-three percent. Besides, I hardly consider an increase of 9 dog bites over 8 years is that significant. I bet the use of other police methods used for apprehending suspects has increased more than 9 instances over the past 8 years.
The Parc report stated:
“Large swathes of LASD’s jurisdiction, encompassing generally affluent areas with smaller minority populations, had few [canine] deployments or bites.”
“Crime rates are lower in these areas, but the stark disparity leads us to wonder why canine deployments seem to occur disproportionately in less affluent areas with larger minority populations.”
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