Crunch Time: The relationship between the police departments and black communities in Champaign and Urbana

Number 25612
Subject Police
Source Hoy Chicago
State Illinois
Year 2012
Publication Date 08/05/2012; 08/08/2012; 08/21/2012; 10/18/2012
Summary This project looked at the relationship between the black communities and police departments in Champaign and Urbana, Illinois. Specifically, we used five years of arrest data to found major disparities in the percentage of black residents in both communities and the number of black people arrested each year from 2007 to 2011. These disparities were event greater for crimes like noise violations and jaywalking. Although Champaign had been the site of high-profile incidents, including the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy in 2009, the disparities had become even greater in Urbana. After our analysis we went into the community and talked with black residents. They described a charged relationship in which they reported feeling highly scrutinized by, and afraid of, the police. We also found that the police had made some efforts to deal with the situation.
Category Contest Entry
Keywords Black communities; police department; arrests
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