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White Officers Predominate on Bay Area Police Forces


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An officer walks by patrol cars at Oakland Police headquarters. Nearly half of Oakland's police force is estimated to be white, even though whites make up one quarter of the city's population.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
An officer walks by patrol cars at Oakland Police headquarters. Nearly half of Oakland's police force is estimated to be white, even though whites make up one quarter of the city's population.

According to a recent analysis of the latest census data, more than 80 percent of Bay Area police forces have a disproportionate number of white officers relative to the racial make-up of the communities they serve. As the nation's attention focuses on issues of police and race in the wake of events in Ferguson, Missouri, we look at how the racial composition of our local police forces affects arrests and public trust in the criminal justice system.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Allwyn Brown, deputy chief of the City of Richmond Police Department
  • Diane Urban, chief of the Hayward Police Dept.
  • Jessica Nowaski, captain in the Mountain View Police Department
  • Justin McCrary, professor of law at UC Berkeley, director of the D Lab, Berkeley's big data initiative, and co-director of the crime working group of the National Bureau of Economic Research
  • LaDoris Cordell, independent police auditor for the City of San Jose and former Santa Clara County Superior Court judge

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