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Disproportionate black arrests by Oakland Police

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POSTED August 29, 2013 10:21 p.m.

OAKLAND (AP) — A study by an activist group says black boys in Oakland are arrested far more often than those in other racial groups and for relatively minor offenses, such as drunkenness.

In a report released Wednesday, the Black Organizing Project says that between 2006 and last year, blacks made up about 30 percent of the youth population but around 73 percent of all juvenile arrests by city and school police.

Blacks were six times more likely to be arrested than boys of other ethnicities.

The organizing project and other civil rights groups are urging police and schools to consider other options than arrest when addressing youth crime.

School district spokesman Troy Flint tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the district has implemented programs to help black youngsters.


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