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Oct 16 - Philly racial equity bill bans police from making stops for minor violations
 

 
Published on October 16, 2021
Michael Lee|Fox News

The Philadelphia City Council passed a bill aimed at closing racial inequalities that will ban police from making traffic stops for minor violations.
"Being pulled over by law enforcement is a rite of passage for Black men. It's something we all know that we're gonna have to go through," Councilmember Isaiah Thomas said of the bill. "I've been pulled over so many times that I've actually lost count."

People of color are 3.4 times as likely to be pulled over than White drivers, according to an analysis by WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. Advocates of the bill argue these stops are a pretext to searching vehicles, which leads to a distrust for police among Black and Latino drivers.

Thomas recalled an incident in which he was pulled over for having a broken taillight, only discovering that it wasn't broken the next day when he took it to a mechanic. According to Philadelphia Public Defenders' Police Accountability Unit head Michael Mellon, a broken light is the most common minor violation drivers in the city are pulled over for.

In a 14-2 vote, the council decided to ban that and other minor violations that do not pose an imminent threat to safety.

Mellon said that he has driven in Philadelphia his entire life, including through some of the city's most policed neighborhoods for investigations. But as a White man, Mellon said he has never been pulled over by Philadelphia police.

"The only real answer we have here is that there's a racial bias in policing itself," Mellon said.
So far this year, Black drivers have accounted for 76.7% of traffic stops in the city, a figure roughly double their share of the city's population. Black drivers are 5.2 times more likely to get pulled over than White drivers, while Native American drivers were 5.7 times as likely to be pulled over. Meanwhile, Latino drivers were 1.6 times more likely to be pulled over than white drivers.

Mellon said that police in the city set up "roving checkpoints" that typically impact areas that are predominantly minority and "stop whoever they want," mostly for minor traffic violations. He also noted the stops were hard to challenge because a Supreme Court ruling that found them legal.
"The U.S. Supreme Court has given police officers the green light to racially profile people," Mellon said. "The only thing they know how to do is to pull cars over and maybe they'll get lucky and find something."

Of all the traffic stops in the city this year that have resulted in a police search of the vehicle, 94% of the drivers were people of color. But searches of white people's vehicles are more likely to turn up contraband, the analysis found.

"The way Black men are often searched, specifically here in the City of Philadelphia, when pulled over by law enforcement, puts you in a position where you're very, very uncomfortable often," Thomas said.
The bill will now go to the desk of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney for signature.

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 2 months ago '21        #2
LuxG2  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 2 months ago '10        #4
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VA passed something like this last year too. I'm for it cuz at the end of the day if a mofo is driving around with a broken light or some other minor issue it's most likely cuz he can't afford the maintenance at that moment. Adding traffic stops, tickets, court dates and suspended licenses to that isn't gonna help anyone save up enough money for the repairs or allow them to get to work to make the needed money
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 2 months ago '20        #5
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 SwooshWonder said
VA passed something like this last year too. I'm for it cuz at the end of the day if a mofo is driving around with a broken light or some other minor issue it's most likely cuz he can't afford the maintenance at that moment. Adding traffic stops, tickets, court dates and suspended licenses to that isn't gonna help anyone save up enough money for the repairs or allow them to get to work to make the needed money
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 2 months ago '20        #6
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Much needed… this should be nationwide.
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 2 months ago '20        #8
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What’s funny?

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 LegendKilla03 said
Published on October 16, 2021
Michael Lee|Fox News

The Philadelphia City Council passed a bill aimed at closing racial inequalities that will ban police from making traffic stops for minor violations.
"Being pulled over by law enforcement is a rite of passage for Black men. It's something we all know that we're gonna have to go through," Councilmember Isaiah Thomas said of the bill. "I've been pulled over so many times that I've actually lost count."

People of color are 3.4 times as likely to be pulled over than White drivers, according to an analysis by WPVI-TV in Philadelphia. Advocates of the bill argue these stops are a pretext to searching vehicles, which leads to a distrust for police among Black and Latino drivers.

Thomas recalled an incident in which he was pulled over for having a broken taillight, only discovering that it wasn't broken the next day when he took it to a mechanic. According to Philadelphia Public Defenders' Police Accountability Unit head Michael Mellon, a broken light is the most common minor violation drivers in the city are pulled over for.

In a 14-2 vote, the council decided to ban that and other minor violations that do not pose an imminent threat to safety.

Mellon said that he has driven in Philadelphia his entire life, including through some of the city's most policed neighborhoods for investigations. But as a White man, Mellon said he has never been pulled over by Philadelphia police.

"The only real answer we have here is that there's a racial bias in policing itself," Mellon said.
So far this year, Black drivers have accounted for 76.7% of traffic stops in the city, a figure roughly double their share of the city's population. Black drivers are 5.2 times more likely to get pulled over than White drivers, while Native American drivers were 5.7 times as likely to be pulled over. Meanwhile, Latino drivers were 1.6 times more likely to be pulled over than white drivers.

Mellon said that police in the city set up "roving checkpoints" that typically impact areas that are predominantly minority and "stop whoever they want," mostly for minor traffic violations. He also noted the stops were hard to challenge because a Supreme Court ruling that found them legal.
"The U.S. Supreme Court has given police officers the green light to racially profile people," Mellon said. "The only thing they know how to do is to pull cars over and maybe they'll get lucky and find something."

Of all the traffic stops in the city this year that have resulted in a police search of the vehicle, 94% of the drivers were people of color. But searches of white people's vehicles are more likely to turn up contraband, the analysis found.

"The way Black men are often searched, specifically here in the City of Philadelphia, when pulled over by law enforcement, puts you in a position where you're very, very uncomfortable often," Thomas said.
The bill will now go to the desk of Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney for signature.


Down south the minor thing they pull you over for is your tint is too dark or you swerving in traffic knowing it’s 2021 and most cars got lane centering lol just joking

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 jlandryst said
Down south the minor thing they pull you over for is your tint is too dark or you swerving in traffic knowing it’s 2021 and most cars got lane centering lol just joking
Don’t forget that gigantic Christmas tree hanging on the mirror.. “obstructing your view”

And “you look nervous”
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 2 months ago '10        #11
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They started doing this in Minneapolis and now I went from getting pulled over once a month from never getting pulled over again until I go to the suburbs LOL
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 2 months ago '04        #12
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So far this year, Black drivers have accounted for 76.7% of traffic stops in the city, a figure roughly double their share of the city's population.

Damn.
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 2 months ago '10        #13
acegutta22  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Of all the traffic stops in the city this year that have resulted in a police search of the vehicle, 94% of the drivers were people of color. But searches of white people's vehicles are more likely to turn up contraband, the analysis found.

So damn they still pull over black people when they know for a fact they're more likely to find contraband on white people this s*** is ridiculous
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 2 months ago '10        #14
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 Chokeabiish said
So far this year, Black drivers have accounted for 76.7% of traffic stops in the city, a figure roughly double their share of the city's population.

Damn.
That means they're finding more black people to pull over than that even exist they pulling over black people that are in town just visiting
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 2 months ago '10        #15
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 Chokeabiish said
So far this year, Black drivers have accounted for 76.7% of traffic stops in the city, a figure roughly double their share of the city's population.

Damn.
 acegutta22 said
That means they're finding more black people to pull over than that even exist they pulling over black people that are in town just visiting
It’s all racial profiling. Philly cops don’t do a lot of traffic stops because that’s not how the city generates money. The parking authority generates more money than the police so they don’t need petty tickets for traffic violations like the towns in Jersey and Delco.

The reason the number is that high is because they only pull over people they think will escalate to a higher charge. They’re targeting black drivers specifically to see if there’s anything else there, maybe a warrant or drugs. It’s been like that for years.
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 2 months ago '20        #16
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 acegutta22 said
Of all the traffic stops in the city this year that have resulted in a police search of the vehicle, 94% of the drivers were people of color. But searches of white people's vehicles are more likely to turn up contraband, the analysis found.

So damn they still pull over black people when they know for a fact they're more likely to find contraband on white people this s*** is ridiculous
Damn
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 2 months ago '04        #17
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 acegutta22 said
That means they're finding more black people to pull over than that even exist they pulling over black people that are in town just visiting
Right? That's crazy n disgusting.
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 2 months ago '20        #18
LegendKilla03  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x107 OP
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 Chokeabiish said
Right? That's crazy n disgusting.
It is

 2 months ago '05        #19
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The same guys in here clapping for being able to get away with breaking the law, are clapping for mandates for vaccines
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 Truth33 said
The same guys in here clapping for being able to get away with breaking the law, are clapping for mandates for vaccines
This just another mandates that stops buffoons from fu*king with innocent citizens.



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