San Jose Police Chief Responds to Racially Disparate Detention, Search Rates

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 (Courtesy San Jose Police Dept.)

During the first nine months of 2014, blacks and Latinos made up two thirds of drivers stopped by the San Jose Police Department. Taken together, the groups make up about a third of San Jose's population. Once stopped, blacks and Latinos were also more likely to be ordered out of their cars and searched. San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel and the police officer's union say the data reflect the city's focus on gang prevention and high-crime neighborhoods. We'll hear from the San Jose Mercury News, who analyzed the police department data, and talk to Chief Esquivel about his department's relationship with minority communities, the use of body cameras and public safety in San Jose.


Robert Salonga, crime and public safety reporter for the San Jose Mercury News

Larry Esquivel, chief of the San Jose Police Department