Monday, October 26, 2015

Biking while black??

The Today show on NBC ran a story about black bicyclists in Tampa being targeted by police. According to NBC, a story by the Tampa Bay Times shows that 79% of tickets given to bicyclists are given to blacks despite blacks only being 25% of the population. The city has asked for a federal investigation to determine if the claims are correct.

The policy was defended by Police Chief Eric Ward, who just happens to be black. Many of those stopped are black juveniles out in the middle of the night. The police are stopping blacks in high crime areas late at night because bicycles are a "getaway" vehicle for criminals in those areas. 

In our nation obsessed with celebrating diversity, here's a thought. Since we are all different, maybe some of us observe the law at different rates than others.


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