Cop Watch

Monday, February 28, 2005

Oklahoma Police Arrest Data Shows Racial Discrepancies

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Tulsa police arrested, stopped, searched and used force against blacks at a rate disproportionate to their population during seven months when data was collected by the city under a federal consent decree, according to an analysis by the Tulsa World.

Blacks also were slightly more likely than other races to get a citation during that time, which spans from May 14 to Dec. 31, 2004.

The city compiled the data as required as part of a 2002 settlement to a federal racial discrimination lawsuit filed by black police officers.

Louis Bullock, the plaintiffs' attorney, called the figures ''disturbing.''