Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Driving While Black or Brown - Racial Profiling in Arizona

Recent Arizona studies have proven Racial Profiling is blatantly occurring in Arizona. We are all aware of the Racial Profiling by the heinous Sheriff Arpaio, but this thoroughly researched report proves Racial Profiling is occurring all across Arizona. Here is the Executive Summary:
Executive Summary of Findings
1. Arizona Department of Public Safety Officers made more than 500,000 stops between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007. Just under 200,000 stops were made on Arizona’s interstate highways during this period.
2. Of those 200,000 interstate highway stops, approximately 13,271 resulted in searches.
3. African Americans and Hispanics stopped by DPS officers were more likely than whites to be searched on all major highways included in this analysis. Native Americans and persons of Middle Eastern descent also were more likely than whites to be searched on most highways.
4. On average, Native Americans stopped by DPS officers were 3.25 times more likely to be searched than whites stopped by DPS officers. African Americans and Hispanics were each 2.5 times more likely than whites to be searched by DPS.
5. Higher search rates for minorities were not justified by higher rates of transporting contraband. In fact, on average, whites were more likely to be carrying contraband than Native Americans, Middle Easterners, Hispanics and Asians on all major Arizona highways. African Americans were at least twice as likely as whites to be searched on all six interstate segments, despite the fact that the rate of contraband seizures for African Americans and whites was similar.
6. Minorities, including African Americans, Hispanics and Middle Easterners, were consistently stopped for longer periods of time than whites traveling on all interstate highways in Arizona.
7. In sum, this report concludes that DPS officers treated persons from different racial and ethnic groups unequally between July 2006 and June 2007. Minorities were more likely than whites to be searched and stopped for longer periods of time. This unequal treatment was not justified by higher contraband seizure rates from minority motorists.


Note: Study results are based on statistical analysis of the State of Arizona´s Department of Public Safety reports. DPS is legally required to document all data from traffic stops and this documentation is housed in the DPS database. Please click on link above for the entire study.

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

Anon 1, sorry I mean dee-thanks for posting the You Tube info on how to contact your congressman at
the top of you blog page to oppose the Save Act. I just used the directions to call my congressman to let him know that I am in FAVOR of the Save Act. Thanks for the assistance.

patriot said...

dee, if it bothers you so much why don't you contact the powers that be and ask them why minorities are stopped more than whites on the road instead of whining about it in here? After doing that get back with us about their response, ok? Just make sure you tell us the truth though.

Dee said...

Anon,
Racial Profiling is occurring daily and it starts with these restrictionist laws and people like you who blame every problem in their own lives on the working immigrants, whether legal or illegal. It is time you looked inward and examined yourself and ask yourself why you are so overwhelmed with hate for people.

such a sad thing!

Dee said...

Pat,
The only way to change America is to stand up and speaking the truth. I do this via my blog and other forums.

It is a shame you are so consumed with anger and complacency when these types of behaviors (racial profiling) are so prevalent!

patriot said...

How did you arrive to the conclusion that us anti's blame "every" problem in our own personal lives on "working immigrants"? For one thing I don't think legal immigrants cause us any problems. This is about illegal aliens and to exaggerate by saying we blame "every" problem in our own personal lives on them, is dishonest of you.

Hate for people? Another mistatement by you. Do you think if you exaggerate and stretch the truth that makes a better case for your side, dee?

As I said, crying and whining on your blog and other forums does nothing to change what law enforcement do. Go and complain to them, we can't help you.

What has any so-called anger have to do with any of this? I want law enforcement to go after anyone who fits the description of a law breaker. Most law abiding Americans would.

Anonymous said...

dee,

are you calling the illegal alien working immigrants? I have no problem with immigrants. There is a huge difference between illegal aliens and immigrants. I don't hate anyone. Hate is a powerful word. I feel you are a person who cannot come to terms with her own identity. You should get some counseling. I really mean that.

Dee said...

Pat, Talk about clones. You and Anon are quite in sync. You both are angry and blame all the ills of your own lives on those you believe cannot stand up for themselves because they live in fear. Very very sad. I feel sorry for you both.

The facts are clear. Racial Profiling is prevalent in Arizona and across the country. It is worse in locations with restrictionist laws. I write the truth and utilize facts-statistics to illustrate the truth. These reports are but one example.

Perhaps something, with enough of us PRO Bloggers highlighting these issues and making them very public, they will be resolved. Racial Profiling has to stop. The Heinous Detention Centers must be closed. The SAVE Act must no pass. We need comprehensive immigration reform and bring the 12M out of the shadows. We need to come together as a nation and get these issues resolved.

Liquidmicro said...

Dee said.
"We need comprehensive immigration reform and bring the 12M out of the shadows. We need to come together as a nation and get these issues resolved."


What happened to your:
1. Secure Borders
2. Employer Sanctions for exploitive employers
3. bringing the 12M out of the shadows and into some type of legal status.

I guess that just went out the window, right?

Hran said...

Speaking of which, Dee, how do you propose to "secure the borders" without a fence? The 12 to 20M illegals (not "undocumented workers") have entered the country since the first big amnesty signed by Reagan in 1986. Back then we were assured that the border would be secured. It wasn't.

So how do you propose to stop the influx and prevent another 12M (or more) from entering in the next 20 years?

patriot said...

dee, please point to the post where I claimed that illegal aliens are to blame for all the ills of my life or you will have proven yourself a liar. My life is as good as it gets however like most Americans we are suffering the tax burdens and other negatives of illegal immigraton. The only anger I feel is when you resort to your usual lies.

Illegal aliens should live in fear. They are law breakers. No need to feel sorry for me. My morals and scruples are just fine. Yours are severely lacking though but you are so far gone, I don't feel sorry for YOU.

None of the things you claim to be horrible, are. They are the right thing to do for our nation. I suggest you move to Mexico.

Liquidmicro said...

Is anybody willing to bet Dee's answer to Hran will be CIR.

patriot said...

liquid, she parrots the same old thing but the only thing she really wants in any CIR is amnesty or all the illegal aliens here. She has proven over and over that she doesn't really want border security by her opposition to the fence and doesn't really want employer sanctions because she opposes the Save Act which includes the e-verify system.

Jim said...

All,

The only difference between a legal immigrant and an unauthorized migrant (the official US government term) is an arbitrary and changing law about who has the right to work in the United States. Nothing about the immigrant as a person has changed -- just the law did.

In my book, that's a bad law, and one reason is that its a bad law is that a lot of people, such as hran and patty here on this site, think that patriotism and following the law are the same thing. (If they were, we'd still be bowing to the English Queen.) Just with a change in the law, the same person becomes an enemy of people like patty and hran. That's messed up.

It's important to remember that when Thomas Paine and others talked about the "rule of law, not men" he was referring to subjecting the kings and other powerful people to the laws they enacted. He was NOT referring to the need for commoners and servants to become even more obedient to the state.

However, Dee is also mistaken if she thinks that it is consistent to be both in favor of legalizing unauthorized migrants AND having tight border security. It can't be done, because tightening border security is the CAUSE of having such high numbers of unauthorized immigrants. The only way to solve the problem without imposing unnecessary burdens on the individual rights upon which this country was formed is to open the borders, like they were, de facto, up until 1988.

Borders are not property lines. They just mark the place where one set of legal jurisdiction ends and another begins -- whose laws apply. It's not necessary, and it's contrary to the idea of individual freedom, to restrict one's ability to move across a border. It should be no more difficult to go from Mexico to Texas as it is to go from Wisconsin to Minnesota. (And, yes, though many disagree, Packers' fans, for all their other faults, do pay taxes and do a lot of the jobs that others won't do.)

Hran said...

My God Jim, you are the epitome of liberal. Are you Hispanic? I know there are white Americans that hold your beliefs, but I'm just wondering.

Your post contains many liberal fallacies. For starters, have you ever been to a third world country? Do you realize that if we rang the open-border dinner bell that literally billions of people would want to enter the US, and hundreds of thousands, if not millions would succeed each year.

Your view of America: it is nothing more than a free trade zone, not a unique country with its own identity and traditions.

patriot said...

jim, can you really be this dense as to suggest that no country should have immigration laws? You do know the reasons they are in place, don't you? It is to make sure we take population growth into account. To make sure we have jobs for immigrants without taking them away from citizens. It is to make sure we can handle the added stress to our social infrastures with the added population. It is the make sure we don't deplete our natural resources. It is to make sure that we have fair quotas from many countries and not just one so that assimilation occurs. How are our immigration laws "bad" based on the above? All countries have immigration laws for the same reasons.

Dee said...

Liquid,
My views have remained consistent. CIR is about secure borders, employer sanctions and bringing the 12M out of the shadows and into some legal status.

Dee said...

Jim,
I appreciate your viewpoint and yes, we do disagree on one point, which is border security. I don´t support open borders. I believe we should have trained border patrol agents securing our borders. Notice I say trained BP. I do not want contractors like Blackwater patrolling our borders or the heinous MMs with their shotguns and in their pickup trucks out there. I say trained BPs who know and understand their jobs. We should NOT be living in a Gestapo-Military state with barbed wire and unmanned aircraft hovering above our neighborhoods.

I believe our immigration laws are severely broken. Many of the 12M would be here legally except for lapsed paper work from a broken, backlogged and corrupt immigration system. CIR would fix these policies. Guest Workers and Visitors should be able to come in and work or visit. Our borders should be as open as airports and ports. We should invite tourists and allow our economy to thrive. Border Security is there to prevent those who try to terrorize or hurt us from entering. We should bring the 12M out of the shadows into some legal status so we know who is here and they are allowed to contribute and participate openly in our country.

Jim said...

Patty,

Actually none of the reasons you've mentioned for restricting immigration, at least as you're interpreting them within a population control context, have ever been given in any of the pieces of legislation that have restricted immigration. The only explicit reason that have been been given in such legislation, and then as far back as 1924, were reasons of controlling the racial makeup of the immigrant population. That was overturned in 1966 because they were -- you know -- racist reasons.

The reasons you've giving are your own reasons, after the fact, for supporting restrictions. I don't agree with any of them, and I doubt that you will find a majority agrees with most of them either, from either a conservative or liberal standpoint.

Furthermore, I didn't say no country should control immigration. I said THIS country shouldn't. While I believe most countries should also have open borders, I'll leave their affairs to themselves.

Jim said...

Hran, the only fallacies are your own misguided assumptions about what people will do when provided with individual freedom.

You seem to operate under the hubris that everyone in the world wants to come to America. Well, I've got news for you from the Third World where I've spent a good deal of my life: most people don't. They like it just where they are, thank you.

There is no more reason to believe that denizens of Sao Paulo's slums are any more likely to want, or have the means, to move to America and find a job and a home than are the inhabitants of the poorest counties and parishes in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana (the poorest areas of the US) likely to want to move to New York City. Some will, but the vast majority won't. There's lots of other options out there less radical than moving to America.

Anonymous said...

Dee,

This is interesting information on the persistence of racism in the United States. The comments to your post are a clear reminder to those of us who are black to be wary of the anti-immigrant movement. It is fairly clear that they have no ideal what it means to be an American.

I guess for some the white Hood and rober are never to far away.

Dee said...

Anon,
You are absolutely right.
All true Americans should agree Racial Profiling is NEVER, EVER Ok.
Yet, as you have acknowledged, many of the ANTI commenters are in full support of it.
Very Scary!

Hran said...

Jim,

You are priceless. Please keep posting.

Re: Hubris.

My estimation that millions want to come to America each year is based on facts and common sense:

1. There are 12 to 20 million illegals in the country.

2. There are hundreds of thousands (millions?) waiting to immigrate through legal means.

3. There were 800,000 persons caught coming across the border illegally last year.

4. Businesses (food service, agriculture, construction, high-tech, etc.) are constantly lobbying for more visas and guest workers.

5. Even if 90% of the people in India don't want to come to the US, that still leaves a HUNDRED MILLION that would.

6. If none or few wanted to come to the US, there would be no immigration debate, would there?

As for hubris, I DON'T think foreigners have any love for America, its culture, language, or government. They come for economic reasons.

patriot said...

Besides America has just as much right to retain it's core culture and traditional society just as much as any other country has. If we allow anyone to come to this country that wants to, then we would be drastically changing the demographics of this country. What country wants that?

Liquidmicro said...

Dee said...

Liquid,
My views have remained consistent. CIR is about secure borders, employer sanctions and bringing the 12M out of the shadows and into some legal status.


Yes Dee, we all know your stance. CIR had to many loopholes, if no funding was allowed by congress, than no fence, no sanctions, only AMNESTY. The fence has already been downgraded by a Texas Congress person. Who's to say that if CIR was passed that that all would have been accomplished?

Anon 1 said...

Yes we know Dee's Stance, it is the PRO stance, it is the right stance, it makes the most sense, and we sure as heck know the republican conservative ANTI stance, MAYBERRY, the wrong side, the racist side, yes anonymous, it's just like Chris Rock said, once the ANTI's get their way with immigration and ridding themselves of all the brown ppl, the black ppl are next to be dealt with

Liquidmicro said...

I see yo haven't wiped that "BROWN STUFF" from your nose yet. Maybe if you keep wiping it, it'll be like polishing a turd! Then we can all give you an award for the cleanest most polished turd of a nose here.

Or maybe you just like playing, I'm right and you're wrong all day. Contribute something which demonstrates you have intelligence, or go play with your magical pony.

Dee said...

Liquid, Talk about straying from the discussion! Gosh!
The issue is, Racial Profiling is wrong. Arizona´s DPS´s own results indicate this is happening! It must be stopped. Don´t you find it very telling that it is this blatant in locations (like AZ) with restrictionist laws?

patriot said...

anon1, what a crock of crap you sling around in here. This is about illegal immigration not skin color. And White-Anglos (Mayberry) have just as right to remain the majority in this country without interference from illegal immigration as do Latinos in Mexico do. I don't see any push in this country to deport Black people or Hispanic CITIZENS. Can't you pro's ever debate with honesty and without your stinking race cards?

Anyone not on the side of our laws is on the WRONG side of this issue, not the other way around. The true racists are those who advocate the illegal entry of foreingers into our country by those who are ethnically like themselves.

patriot said...

When are you going to answer my question that I have asked over and over in here dee instead of whining about so-called "racial profiling"? I asked if one is stopped by law enforcement no matter what the reason is and they have proper I.D., how does this become a problem? Are they traumatized for life? What is the end result? I will tell you, once their name is cleared they are released. Again where are the long term negative affects of this on the person who was questioned? Do they see a psychiatrist for the rest of their lives after that? Don't give me some isolated incidents either whereby law enforcement may have arrested the wrong person either. There was a story recently about a White woman who was in prison for several years for a crime she didn't commit. Sh@t happens and it is unfortunate but it happens to all racial groups not just Hispanics.

Dee said...

Pat,
Racial Profiling is NEVER OK!

patriot said...

Criminal profiling is! Latinos make up the largest group of illegal aliens in this country. Again, for the umpteenth time, Latino citizens have nothing to fear by being questioned. They would have proper I.D.

Your concern isn't for a little incovenience for Latino citizens asking to present I.D. Your concern is only that illegal aliens are being rounded up and deported through this questioning that is going on. You are screaming racial profiling for that reason and that reason only. Your agenda is very transparant, dee.

I am all for law enforcement questioning anyone who fits the description of a criminal including myself to assist them in doing their jobs.

Dee said...

I think we will bring enough attention to Racial Profiling and the horrendous tactics of Arpaio and his crew that we will gain the support of the powers that be and put an end to Racial Profiling once and for all!

patriot said...

dee, you and yours don't have a leg to stand on.

Anon 1 said...

you know whats really hilarious, is when you ANTI's really think your funny when you try to be funny and when you think your serious when you try and act serious, your consept of reality is so BIEST, SWAYED, ALTERED, THAT IS THE TRUE COMEDY, and you know what, this is the land of the FREE, we are a FREE ppl, a multi-cultural ppl, no matter how much ANTI's wish to CONTROL ppl who you deem lower then yourselves (ppl of color), this country is ALL of ours, NOT JUST PPL OF YOUR CHOOSING

Dee said...

Anon1, You are right. Pat just doesnt understand our USA is a thriving multi cultural society.
He may as well accept it.

patriot said...

No, we have a traditional culture and a white majority society with some minority cultures living here also. That doesn't equate to a multi-cultural identity as a nation. When are you and yours going to accept THAT?

Anon 1 said...

Pat, they tried that once, they called it separate but equal, I know to most ANTI's it was a very good time for "YALL" but that time is gone, WAKE UP AND SMELL THE MULTICULTURE!!!

patriot said...

There is no multi-culture to smell. I smell traditional America. I smell the culture that this country was founded on and still is.

Continue to live in your little multi-cultural fantasy world, however. Are you shooting for 23 Hispanic countries on the Western Hemisphere now? Whoops that would end your multi-cultural fantasy wouldn't it?

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