Police Chief presents Racial Profiling Report to CUADD

Police Chief presents Racial Profiling Report to CUADD

Chief of Police Stan Standridge presented the 2013 statistics on arrests to CUADD and interested people of Abilene. The presentation showed the number of stops broken down by race. A discussion of how this was documented led to handing out a form filled out on every stop that requires the officer to list the race of the person stopped and to the surprise of many also requires the officer to state under penalty of law that they did or did not know the race of the person before stopping them. Other interesting charts showed both the type of complaint and the area of Abilene where the complaint occurred. The city is divided into 8 areas to cover the 111 square miles of Abilene – not by a simple grid, but by number of complaints that require officers to respond. Areas four and eight stand out for two reasons. These are the small size of the region and the large number of complaints. Then you look at the locations of these regions and when they correspond to the heaviest concentrations of people of color – the question becomes “are the police biased?”. The answer given was that the regions were formed based on the historical number of incidents that had occurred in past years. {{more}} Chief Standridge stated that his policy is his officers get frequent training to go after the crime that occurs, not the likelihood of a particular person committing it. The charts showing population by race, stops by race and arrests by race were basically consistent with differences that seemed to be within a statistical normal.The audience basically seemed to leave with the same opinion they walked with into the room.