Justice Department Faults Ferguson Police, Citing Racial Bias In Traffic Stops

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WASHINGTON —  Justice department Civil Rights investigation has concluded that the Ferguson Police Department and the city’s municipal court engaged in a “pattern and practice” of discrimination against African Americans, targeting them disproportionately for traffic stops, use of force, and jail sentences, according to a U.S. law enforcement official briefed on the investigation.
The probe is the result of an investigation ordered by Attorney General Eric Holder after the police shooting that killed Michael Brown last summer.
Among the findings, from 2012 to 2014, 85 percent  of people subject to vehicle stops by Ferguson police were African American; 90 percent of those who received citations were black; and 93 percent of people arrested were black. This while 67 percent of the Ferguson population is black.
In 88 percent of the cases in which police the Ferguson police reported using force, it was against African Americans. During the period 2012-2014 black drivers were twice as likely as white drivers to be searched during traffic stops, but 26 percent less likely to be found in possession of contraband.



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Windy City Says Good-Bye To Another Baseball Great,‘Mr. White Sox,’ Minoso

Minnie Minoso

By Tracy Allen
CALL Staff Writer

Chicago has mourned its baseball heroes, both the good and the bad, in recent days.
First, the news of the death of “Mr. Cub”, Ernie Banks, who died last month following a honorable career in the Negro Leagues with the Kansas City Monarchs and Major League Baseball’s Cubs organization. Then, came the stripping of a championship by youth baseball, Jackie Robinson West team, that advanced to the Little League World Series last summer. Now, the Windy City is saying good-bye to the first black player to play for the American League’s Chicago White Sox, Cuban-born Minnie Minoso. Minoso died Sunday, March 1. He was 90.
And similar to Banks, Minoso will forever be remembered by those on the South side as “Mr. White Sox”. A statue in his honor can be seen on the grounds of U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.


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Aggravated Assaults Up

Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Homicides showed a tremendous decrease in 2014 to the degree that Kansas City and its various programs have become a model for the state and the nation as a whole. However, the numbers shouldn’t lull the community into a false sense of security by any means.
THE CALL has obtained  the 2014 year end statistics which reveal that homicides were down, but aggravated assaults, crimes that involve a weapon, were up from 2013 by 15.
In 2013 there were 3,704 aggravated assaults compared to 2014  with  3,719.
What this means is that consequences of the shot was not as fatal or the victim  received immediate or proper medical attention.
Assaults in general increased by 556 cases. In 2013 there were 6,720 assaults compared to 7,276 in 2014.
Rapes decreased by 2 from 379 in 2013 to 377 in 2014.
Robberies decreased by 45 from 1,662 in 2013 to 1,617 in 2014.
There has been a decrease in property crimes throughout the metropolitan area.
There was a decrease in burglaries by 454 from 6,203 in 2013 to 5,749 in 2014.
Stealing cases decreased by 1,015 from 13,894 in 2013 to 12,879 in 2014.

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