The American Civil Liberties Union has released data that shows dramatic racial disparities in the Minneapolis Police Department’s arrest rates for a number of low-level non-violent offenses from 2004 – 2012. The data released covers white and African American arrest rates for four low-level non-violent offenses: marijuana possession, disorderly conduct, vagrancy, and juvenile curfew violations/loitering. Read more.
During the latter half of the 1960’s, the urban centers of the United States experienced large scale riots including one in North Minneapolis in 1968. Other people, smarter and more knowledgeable than I, can probably explain more clearly why these riots occurred. Poverty, hopelessness, the Vietnam War, racism were all factors – and there were certainly other factors as well. Read more.