Chicago Police Sobriety Tests Target Blacks

Chicago Police target Black and Latino neighborhoods for sobriety tests more than any other neighborhood, according to an investigation launched by the Chicago Tribune.

The investigation found that 84 percent of roadside checks in the city were scheduled in areas populated mostly by people of color while roadways in areas prone to more DUI-related crashes that are predominantly white are checked less often, or not at all.

Of Chicago’s 22 police districts, nine are majority-black, five white and four Latino. Four have no racial majority. An analysis of data from February 2010 through June 2014 shows 152 roadside sobriety checks scheduled by police. Of those, 127 were in Black and Latino districts. Just six roadside checks were in the majority-white police districts. That’s less than 4 percent of the DUI checkpoints conducted citywide despite those four districts making up 25 percent of the city’s alcohol-related accidents from 2010 to 2012.

What a sobering reminder that we have a long way to go in terms of fair and equal treatment by police in America.