Report: In Virginia, Black arrests over 2-to-1 compared to other races

New Pittsburgh Courier

Black arrests

A new study shows that there is a disparity between the number of Black arrests when compared to the size of the African-American population in parts of Virginia: In Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, the arrest rate for Blacks is twice as high as it is for other races. According to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, between 2011 and 2012 in Staunton, there was a Black arrest rate of 403 arrests per 1,000 residents, and 149 for those who are non-Black. In Waynesboro, there were 274 arrests per 1,000 Black residents, and in Augusta County, there were 88 arrests per 1,000 Black residents. Chief Williams of the Staunton Police Department said there isn’t any bias in his department’s arrest practices, though. He claims that he has never received complaints from the public regarding arrest rates. He also shared that the relationship between police officials and the residents within the local…

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