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New Stop Data Reports
Paint Differing Pictures of PPB Profiling

In November, two reports came out on Portland Police Bureau (PPB) traffic stops: one by Oregon's Criminal Justice Commission and one by the PPB. Both show (as has been the case every year OPB article on traffic stop biassince 2001) the Bureau stops more African American drivers than is proportionate to the population. Both reports use similar figures, that African Americans make up 6% of the population but 17% of the drivers stopped. The big difference is the state's report notes African Americans are stopped at over twice the rate of white drivers, while the PPB's takes its statistical gymnastics to a new level to deflect accusations of bias. In 2018, they said the over-stopping of black drivers should be compared to the crime victimization rate in the black community. This time they claim the census data are not accurate, as many African Americans have moved into the Portland area (which they then show in the report as being lower than 6%) and many commute to work or are tourists, throwing off the numbers. Both reports show African Americans are over-searched, with the state showing a rate of 11% of stops vs. 5% (OPB, December 1). Contraband is only found 85-90% as often on black drivers as white ones. While this narrows the gap (it used to be 80%), it is clear Portland still has a problem. The PPB needs to admit that problem as a first step to making change.

  People's Police Report

January, 2020
Also in PPR #79

Campaign for Accountable "Union" Contract
Compliance Officer: PPB Doesn't Have to Change
Portland Police Shoot Another Man in Crisis
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Info Supports Staying Out of Terrorism Task Force
Review Committee Accepts, Challenges Findings
Police Review Board: Bait & Switch Discipline
Will New Programs Help Unhoused Community?
Apparent Racial Profiling at Climate Protest
Chief Tells Training Council: Census Data No Good
Legal Briefs: OR Supremes Throw Out Fishing Expeditions
Stop Data Reports Paint Differing Pictures
PPB Slows Down Policy Reviews
Rapping Back #79

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