Most of us with more than a tinge of color in our skin had already guessed, but was some people had one question on their mind after the Department of Justice disclosed the fact that Ferguson's police department was targeting black for arrests and fines:
How many other Ferguson's are there?
Well this "week New York City announced plans to reform its approach to summonses, creating a system designed to make it easier for people facing
fines to show up for their court dates and defend themselves.
One of the most important features of the reform package, however—and one that has been discussed less than it deserves to be—is the introduction of a “race box” that will appear on every single ticket that police officers in New York write.
Even more striking: The racial identity of every individual who receives a summons will be aggregated in a central database and made public, so that anyone can download it and analyze it for patterns."
Monitoring the police so we can police the police. Transparency is one of the keys to stop adding to list of the people who died at the hand of white police officers while black and unarmed. I can't figure out whether to say "Hallelujah" or "It's about time"
I think I'll got with "It's about time" and ask "When is the federal government will make this mandatory nationwide?"
Apparently they need to work out the categories. Maybe they should use the census racial categories or the FBI UCR data categories. Another story for another time---like when this becomes a federal requirement. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AT SLATE