Black Cyclists Are Stopped More Often Than Whites, Police Data Shows

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Cycling while Black carries a heightened risk of being stopped, searched, ticketed, and arrested. That’s according to our review of public data from three U.S. cities—Oakland, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C. Our research on police stops of cyclists also confirms that Black neighborhoods tend to be more heavily policed than white areas.

“Being stopped and harassed is one of the top concerns of Black and brown cyclists,” says Charles Brown, a senior transportation researcher at Rutgers University. In Brown’s 2017 survey of more than 2,000 Black and Latinx cyclists in New Jersey, 15 percent said they’d been unfairly stopped by a police officer while riding. Several survey respondents said they avoided certain areas because of an increased likelihood of being stopped and questioned about their activities or rightful ownership of the bike they were riding.

Being stopped and harassed is one of the top concerns of Black and brown cyclists.

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Ten-year-old boy seen hiding from passing police car ‘because they killed George Floyd’

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A 10-year-old boy who stopped playing basketball when police passed his home told his dad he did so because “they killed George Floyd”.

Eliah was seen hiding from the patrol car on a video-link watched by his father, Connecticut salesman Stacey Pierre-Louis, who was at work.

In an Instagram post that has been widely shared online, Mr Pierre-Louis asked: “Why does he feel like he has to hide when he isn’t doing anything wrong?”

He said that he was unsure about posting the video, and wrote: “I live in an affluent neighbourhood in Trumbull with a really good school system. This kid has all the opportunity to do/be whatever he wants unlike many kids who look like him because resources aren’t made available.” Why does he feel like he has to hide when he isn’t doing anything wrong?”

The dad also wrote that he wasn’t sure “what to say to

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Prairie Village police asking for help identifying vehicle connected to homicide

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The Prairie Village Police Department is asking for the public’s help identifying a car that is believed to be connected the homicide of an 18-year-old man who was found Tuesday morning outside a home in the 3500 block of Somerset Drive.Police said the vehicle appears to be a blue crossover-type vehicle and investigators believe it to possibly be either a 2013-2019 Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra hatchback, or Nissan Juke. The video above was from 2:48 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection at 75th Street and Mission Road.“A vehicle of interest has been developed during the investigation, and the Prairie Village Police Department is requesting assistance from the public in identifying the vehicle and the vehicle owners,” the department said in a news release.Police are asking anyone with information to please call the Prairie Village Police Department at 913-385-4603 or call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.Police said they got the call at … Read More

Police: Ship Bottom Beach Patrol vehicle hits two Pennsylvania girls; driver charged with reckless driving

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A Ship Bottom Beach Patrol vehicle struck a pair of teenage girls from Pennsylvania who were laying on the New Jersey beach a little after 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, local authorities said on Facebook. The incident occurred at the 26th Street Beach of the Ocean County town, which is located on Long Beach Island.

The girls’ names were not provided, but Ship Bottom police said that the victims were a 14-year-old female from Fleetwood, Berks County and a 15-year-old female from Leestwood. The two girls were taken to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune City, Monmouth County where they were treated and eventually released from the hospital.

The driver of the vehicle, 22-year-old John Purdon of Barnegat, Ocean County, was charged with reckless driving pending a court date.

The town also issued a statement on its Facebook page on Saturday to send well wishes to the two female victims

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