SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Bay Area police departments collect information on the race of drivers pulled over in traffic stops, but most of the agencies report they don’t have the time, staff or budget to do anything with that information.
Racial profiling has become one of the issues taken up by protesters in Ferguson, Missouri following the shooting of Mike Brown, an unarmed, African-American 18-year-old.
The question becomes is this about race or crime? Either way it’s not a pretty picture, which is why the departments don’t go out of the way to correlate the statistics. They know what they’ll find and journalists have found it to be the same. You’ll find a disproportionate amount of African-Americans and Latinos being pulled over in urban areas.