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Blacks, Native Americans more likely arrested on light rail


Metro Transit is now looking at how to improve its policing in light of a recent report that showed Blacks and other people of color overwhelming cited for violations rather than warned, especially for “first-time fare evasion” incidents.

A new Metro Transit study released last month was undertaken in response to an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Minneapolis chapter request early last year for 2014-15 police incident data on arrests, citations, or warnings for both juveniles and adults. The ACLU as a result learned that Blacks (4,452) received more than half of the 7,136 arrests and citations for incidents classified as gross misdemeanor or lower between January 2014 and August 2015 compared to 1,712 Whites, 569 Native Americans, 138 Asians and 265 unknown.


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