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ACLU Finds Severe Racial Disparities in Low-Level Arrests by Minneapolis Police


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ACLU Finds Severe Racial Disparities in Low-Level Arrests by Minneapolis Police

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The American Civil Liberties Union’s Criminal Law Reform Project and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota released their analysis of more than 96,000 arrests made by Minneapolis police officers for low-level offenses from January 2012 through September 2014. Picking up the Pieces: Policing in America, a Minneapolis Case Study reveals that Black Minneapolitans were 8.7 times more likely than whites to be arrested for a low-level offense – any offense with a fine of $3,000 or less and/or a year or less in jail.

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