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Glencoe Responds to Evanston Man's Racial Profiling Claim with Data

In 2011, about 17 percent of people stopped for traffic violations were minorities, according to Glencoe Public Safety Department data.

About 15 percent of the people stopped for traffic violations in the  have been minorities over the past three years, according to information obtained by Patch. .

Rev. Dr. Michael James of Evanston requested the information after Glencoe police issued him a ticket for cycling through the Sheridan Road construction zone on June 30. James says the stop was racially motivated and several other white bicyclists went through the area without being stopped.  

Here is a look at the racial background of the stops on a year-to-year basis, according to documents obtained by Patch through the Freedom of Information Act from the Glencoe Public Safety Department.

Number of Stops

2009

2010

2011

Caucasian

1961

 

1917

 

1440

 

Minority 

325

 

359

 

290

 

Minority as percentage of total stops

14.22%

 

15.77%

 

16.76%

 

The village estimates the minority driving population in Glencoe for all three years is 19.61 percent and U.S. Census Bureau data shows that Caucasians make up 94 percent of Glencoe's population. 

Since June 26, the village says police have stopped 230 motorists or bicyclists in the area of Sheridan Road that is undergoing a water main improvement project. .”

Reverend seeks public apology

The reverend and NAACP Evanston Branch President George Mitchell have met twice with Glencoe officials to discuss the situation. In early July, James told Patch he was considering filing a racial profiling lawsuit against Glencoe police. Since then, James says he has held off pending conversations with the village.

Mitchell says nothing in the data stood out or would raise alarm bells.

“It is what it is, but the incident itself has more to do with the treatment of Rev. James,” Mitchell said. “I’m hoping to hear some words of acknowledgement of Mr. James complaint. I’d like to hear what the village has to say.”

Mitchell was in the process of trying to set up another meeting with village officials on Aug. 8.

Village: Fact-finding

The village says the matter is still in a fact-finding stage.

“No one is frustrated,” said Pamela Louik, a communications consultant retained by the village. “This is a process we have to see through. Glencoe has never been called on the carpet for anything like this and we are looking at everything.”

Racial profiling became a hot topic along the North Shore in the late 1990s and 2000 after accusations were made against Highland Park Police.

Louik said that is not the case today in Glencoe.

“There are so many safeguards. We have training, there are reporting issues," she said.

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Dan C August 12, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Patricia, I don't think it has dawned on you that you have put forth all of these opinions and feelings and labels you have in your own head about this subject, but you haven't even begun to make anything close to an argument. Oh, and you've also played the race card, the lowest card in the deck. You're very fluent in setting forth your sense if victimization, but you don't really deal in the world of facts. Beyond your race-baiting, feeling sorry for yourself and other irrelevant commentary, you have ducked my central question- why are blacks arrested for more crime? The closest thing to addressing this is your comment- "You trust your sources, I trust mine." My source, Patricia, was the FBI. You understand that, right? Are you suggesting that the FBI is a racist organization or something? Is everybody racist except you? Please Patricia, skip your victimization commentary, and answer this question- what are your sources? Also note that the guy in the Patch story above was clearly breaking the law and he was stopped for breaking the law. He is an adult and it was his choice to break the law. Maybe he should just acknowledge that he knowingly broke the law rather than blaming the police for catching him.
Dan C August 12, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Mark T, you said, "Since it's pretty much a myth that minorities commit more crimes..." Please prove that it's a myth. Please use facts, not anecdotes. I've already posted FBI statistics showing that they get arrested for an extremely disproportionate amount of crime. Prove to me that the FBI stats or wrong, or that the arrest numbers are irrelevant to the stats of who actually commits crime. Also, please answer this clear question, and don't duck it- do you think the same amount of crime is committed in an all black neighborhood as compared to an all white neighborhood?
Mark T August 12, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Dan C you obviously did not read my post since I did post facts about crime being EQUAL among the races, yet blacks are 3-4 times more likely to be arrested and 10 times more likely to be incarcerated. As far as the FBI stats go, just realize as much as I respect the FBI they have a long way to go in terms of crime reports. Just this year, they changed the definition of rape to include males (it still hasn't gone into effect as it is being phased in over the next 2-3 years). So, FBI data on rape doesn't include male victims of rape. So according the to the FBI, Jerry Sandusky's crime is not counted. So, yes I look for a lot of other sources regarding crime data than the FBI. As to your question, I honestly have no idea. I'm not sure we could factor out all the other relevant information (specifically income and education) to give a reasoned answer. I certainly don't believe blacks are inherently more violent than whites (which is what you seem to imply).
Dan C August 12, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Mark T- Pretty pathetic response. You cherry picked a statistics about drug crimes and ignored the stats from the serious crimes (murder, robbery, etc.). You hardly showed that somehow all of those stats are equal. I really take issue with your dodge here: "As to your question, I honestly have no idea. I'm not sure we could factor out all the other relevant information (specifically income and education) to give a reasoned answer. I certainly don't believe blacks are inherently more violent than whites (which is what you seem to imply)." Why would you factor out income and education? All I asked was to compare white neighborhoods to black neighborhoods. The stats don't lie. Don't resort to your stupid drug data red herring.
mij August 12, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Mark T http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/06/us/06disparities.html

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