Mark Cox census data Saint Louis racial profiling
Following the fatal shooting of Missouri teenager Michael Brown, Mayor James Knowles is facing tough questions about the lack of diversity within Ferguson, Missouri's police department.
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00:02 We won't answer who won't just as -- out and
00:04 won't government diversity. In the wake of the Michael Brown fatal
00:08 shooting Ferguson mayor James -- was asked about the diversity of
00:11 its police department. 53 officers three of them black and a
00:15 community that 67%. African American according to 2010 census data. The
00:21 mayor says it's difficult to hire black officers. We find people
00:25 who wanna gondola was -- him -- all of these days.
00:28 We want them to help us bridge the gap between these
00:31 young people and uninteresting and -- would you like to see
00:34 more. African American police officers of course that. I think it
00:39 would help them around. Omega it was -- -- it is
00:43 not a -- race. Unedited regions in the game ponies --
00:49 -- should not make a difference. With that said. I think.
00:55 Cities and department should make every attempt to as closely as
00:59 possible reflect the population. The police department with the proper relation
01:05 of the community. So the best of their ability. 2013 racial
01:09 profiling statistics and Ferguson so disproportionate. Number of stops searches and
01:14 arrests of blacks. A -- beat 384 stops 686. Were white.
01:19 4632. Were black. A 611 surges 47 were white 562. Were
01:27 black. A 521. Arrests 36 were -- 483. Were black. Missouri
01:34 Saint Louis criminologist -- mater of former cop -- data that
01:38 could indicate racial profiling has to be explained fully to the
01:42 public. The police chief and his officers. Should be aware of
01:46 that data and should in some way be able to reasonably.
01:51 Describe why the dead exists that. Way regarding mayor -- claim
01:56 that there are fewer black applicants for his police department I
01:59 spoke with captain Mark Cox a recruiter for the Saint Louis
02:01 county police. Cox told me you have to wanna do this
02:04 job and you can't be talked into it Cox says there
02:07 are challenges and he's open to ideas and increasing minority police