Should there be more diversity within law enforcement agencies?
In Ferguson, Missouri the Department of Justice found the following:
85% of traffic stops were African Americans
90% of citations issued were handed out to African Americans
93% of those arrested were African Americans
There are 53 police officers in Ferguson, comprised of 50 white cops and only 3 black cops. However, the community is 67% African American. It's obvious to the most casual observer that this is not a fair and unbiased police department. How can this be rectified?
While I agree that this may be an issue, I do not believe that there is enough evidence to suggest the police department is biased in their hiring process. Without knowing the number of qualified applicants from each race it would be irresponsible to fully answer this question. With this additional data it would be more appropriate to make an analysis of what could be done to rectify the issue. If the case is that not enough African Americans are applying, then I would recommend a more targeted advertising method. However, if it is found that plenty of qualified African Americans are applying, then I would suggest taking a closer look at the recruiters and upper management.
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