- Associated Press - Monday, July 27, 2015

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Toledo police data show black men were arrested during traffic stops in the city last year at higher rates than other groups.

The figures show one in five citywide traffic stops of black male drivers, or 21 percent, resulted in an arrest, compared to 12 percent for white men.

Police officials tell The Blade newspaper (https://bit.ly/1fzxZLD ) for a story Monday the statistics represent “proactive enforcement” within crime-ridden areas and aren’t indicative of discrimination.

The numbers are contained in the Toledo Police Department’s annual bias-based policing administrative review which assesses who officers stopped, questioned, detained, and arrested. The report notes an arrest is often a court summons.

Chief George Kral said instead of bias he sees officers hoping to improve the city and relieve areas of crime.

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Information from: The Blade, https://www.toledoblade.com/


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