Sunday, September 11, 2005

Traffic Stop Statistical Study

We are pack rats. We save a lot of stuff, usually magazine and newspaper articles we think might be interesting a few years down the road. We go through it every so often and toss some stuff. The computer age makes this slightly easier as we can save thousands of articles and stuff electronically and finally reclaim our attic.

Case in point: today's sun-times article about racial profiling in 32 suburbs around Chicago. Searching our archives we find an AP article (published in the sun-times no less!) from 25 August 2005 stating that nationally, blacks, whites and hispanics are EQUALLY likely to get pulled over by the police. So, obviously, minorities get pulled over at higher rates where their population is more concentrated.

We've made the argument that the current "Traffic Stop Statistical Study" is nothing more than a witch hunt and only lends a veneer of credence to baseless charges of "racial profiling" when a white sergeant might stop (oh, let's just say) a black motorist/state senator for traffic violations. The "study" serves no point, provides flawed data for BS evaluations, and only gives race baiters and the cult of "victimhood" another stick with which to beat the police. Unless the study takes into consideration the (a) makeup of the police force, (b) the makeup of the neighborhood, (c) the address of the stopped motorists to see if they're from the hood or passing through, (d) the location of the stop [burglars like alleys ya know], (e),(f),(g), you see where we are going? There are too many variables to make any sort of viable finding of racial profiling based on this study - unless you're a reporter trying to make a name for yourself. HEY?! How come Frank and Fran didn't author this one?

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats what you get for reading the Sun Times

9/11/2005 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say the "Scum Times"

9/11/2005 11:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think the Operation Just Cause's that seem to come out on a daily basis, in which nobody really cares about them anymore, have anything to do with Racial Profiling?
"Guns...drugs...gangs" -- Phil's favorite quote. (Forget everything else, it’s not important)

9/12/2005 12:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did the survey also reflect the number of Reverends vs. Non-Reverends were stopped?

9/12/2005 03:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just want to know when all the po this n po that stuff is gunna stop. How about calling an apple...an apple? Why not call these people of the west side what they really are. Lazy useless do nothnings that contribute nothing to society, Who's only goal in life is to sit on their porch drink smoke and blame whitey. Why is it that a black man can be on disability for asthma, yet play full court basketball?? Why is it that a black man can be on disability for drinking? I know plenty of white drunks and white people with asthma that hold down full time jobs. This city is full of bullshit politicians and so is this job. I feel the way I do about west side people because thats the picture they have painted since Ive been alive. They make me sick. The only difference with me is.. Im not afraid to say it to them.

9/12/2005 07:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't exclude the SouthSide mules!!!

9/12/2005 03:24:00 PM  
Blogger 1096 said...

Hey there are plenty of people/folks holding down jobs working 10 hours a day selling rocks and blows they are out there if it is raining snowing the dark of night and on holidays it is hard work and can be dangerous anyone can be a pharmacist at walgreens( if you go to college fo 7 years) but try working a shift at Roosevelt/francisco. so dont go picking on the west side mules they paid for my house.

9/12/2005 05:03:00 PM  
Anonymous west side mule said...

say what?

9/12/2005 05:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laughing!

9/12/2005 07:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had an interesting chat with a friend who is a command staff member of a suburban PD. His guys are now actively conducting "racial profiling" in order to ensure the proper diversity in their traffic enforcement. Guess who is bearing the brunt of this profiling? M/2's.
Think this is "unexpected", not me.

9/12/2005 08:51:00 PM  
Anonymous DocMac said...

As they say: There are lies, damned lies and statistics

9/13/2005 05:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can bet that racial profiling is in full effect , especially in the 018th district. The bosses of the 018th district should be ashamed of themselves. You had better not be a black man driving a nice car or riding a nice motorcycle. You can count on being stopped and issued citations for whatever these young white officers coud find in the MCC. And if you're an african american police officer, you diffinately better watch out. What happen to the good ole days when officer gave other officers profession coutesy. I guess these white officer would have to see black men, especially other coppers as being professional huh?

9/16/2005 01:12:00 PM  

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