Friday, July 10, 2015

95% of Elected State and Local Prosecutors Are White

Ninety-fucking-five percent. Good lord. GOOD LORD.

Study finds that an astounding 95% of elected state and local prosecutors are white; 79% white men

Sixty-six percent of states that elect prosecutors have no blacks in those offices, a new study has found, highlighting the lack of diversity in the ranks of those entrusted to bring criminal charges and negotiate prison sentences. 
About 95 percent of the 2,437 elected state and local prosecutors across the country in 2014 were white, and 79 percent were white men, according to the study, which was to be released on Tuesday by the San-Francisco-based Women Donors Network. By comparison, white men make up 31 percent of the population of the United States.

And here's an interesting bit o' fact:

The reverse of this also appears to be true. In Baltimore, one of the rare cities with an African American elected prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, six officers were indicted for their role in the murder of Freddie Gray. 
In Brooklyn, where NYPD Officer Peter Liang shot and killed an unarmed man, Akai Gurley, in the stairwell of his own apartment, and then refused him first aid and argued with his partner over who should call it in, an elected African American prosecutor, Kenneth Thompson, filed manslaughter charges against the officer. 

So I'm thinking that A) We have a problem here and B) White men are the fucking worst.

New goal: 95% people of color as elected prosecutors. Then maybe cops will actually see some fucking consequences for their actions.

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