World famous police arrested in streets 90% more blacks than whites
A lawsuit against the Beverly Hills Police Department accuses law enforcement of racial profiling against people of color on Rodeo Drive, California’s famous shopping district.
Ben Crump and Bradley Gage, civil rights lawyers, announcement the class action lawsuit in September, alleging that Beverly Hills police “unjustifiably targeted people of color for things white residents and visitors do all the time without incident.”
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Jasmine Williams and Khalil White, a Philadelphia couple visiting Los Angeles, who were arrested for driving a scooter on a sidewalk. They were both handcuffed and arrested. Their charges were ultimately dropped by a judge.
The trial accuses members of the Beverly Hills Police Department of targeting African Americans and that Williams and Khalil were arrested without reasonable suspicion or probable cause, suffered excessive force and suffered malicious prosecution.
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According to Los Angeles Times, the Beverly Hills Police Department created a Rodeo Drive team that arrested 90 people, including 80 blacks, four Latinos, three whites and two Asians, one classified as the other. The ministry did not explain why black people were being disproportionately targeted. The United States Census Bureau estimates that only 2 percent of Beverly Hills residents are black or African American.
Gage said The Washington Post that “if 2% of the people of Beverly Hills are black but almost 100% of arrests are black [people], this is a pretty clear indication that something is wrong.
The Rodeo Drive team responsible for Williams and White’s arrest were also implicated in scaling down an unemployment fraud program that arrested 107 people but only 10 were charged. Gage also told The Times he believed the department’s arrest numbers underscored Beverly Hills police discriminating against blacks.
In response to Crump’s press conference, Beverly Hills Police Chief Dominick Rivetti released a declaration saying Williams and White were originally warned that it was illegal to drive scooters on sidewalks. According to Rivetti, the couple were found in violation of this rule later that same day and were subsequently taken into custody.
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