CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Police Department and the American Civil Liberties Union have reached a groundbreaking deal to set up an independent evaluation of police “stop and frisk” procedures, in an effort to prevent racial profiling.
The move comes after the ACLU of Illinois in March found Chicago was among the nation’s leaders in the use of “stop and frisk” tactics, outpacing even New York. An ACLU report found police disproportionately targeted African Americans, while the justification for the stops often failed to meet constitutional standards.
“Over 70% of those people are African Americans, but African Americans only make up 32% of the population of our city,” ACLU Illinois legal director Harvey Grossman said at the time.
The study concluded police were far more likely to stop and frisk people in predominantly black neighborhoods. Even in white neighborhoods, blacks were far more likely to be targeted, the ACLU said.
“In Jefferson Park, African Americans make up approximately 1% of the population, but we see that they are stopped at 15 times their presence,” Grossman said.