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Allegations of racial profiling have dogged San Jose police for years. Media probes and independent audits have highlighted the discrepancies showing that African Americans and and Latinos are singled out disproportionately in arrests and traffic stops. Yet citizen complaints suggesting misconduct are overwhelmingly dismissed and there’s not much comprehensive data to show the extent of the problem.
To get a clearer idea of police behavior “in an effort to combat police brutality,” the National Bar Association has filed open records requests in 25 cities, including San Jose, which has charged more people with resisting arrest than any other major California city.
Pamela Meanes, president of the black lawyers and judges group, called police brutality the civil rights issue of this era.
Meanes selected the cities based on their black populations and reported cases of excessive force. Information sought includes the number of people killed, racially profiled, wrongfully arrested or hurt while pursued or in police custody. Her group also wants videos and photos related to misconduct incidents as well as background info for all officers involved.