The Milwaukee Police Department has laid a foundation for improved constitutional policing, but the work remaining is the most challenging — actually ushering in a department-wide culture change that reduces racial disparities in stops and searches.
That was the conclusion of the latest report evaluating the Police Department’s compliance with a landmark $3.4 million settlement agreement with the American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, which argued in court that Black and Latino residents were disproportionately stopped and searched by police, often without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.
Five years after entering that agreement — which has forced the department to overhaul its training and oversight of officers — the disparities in Milwaukee’s streets persist.
Of course there are "racial disparities." Blacks make up 15% of the U.S. population, but commit 60% of the crimes. Duh.