Recent data released by the St. Paul Police Department offers troubling facts: According to multiple media sources, including NPR, the department is much more likely to search and frisk African-Americans who are stopped by police than members of other races. African-American drivers also received a higher proportion of traffic citations than members of other races and were stopped much more often for suspicion of moving violations.
While these facts are troubling, there is also something positive that can be taken from these data. The police have made this information public to the people of St. Paul, Minneapolis and the entire state. This is a sign that, perhaps, the police will become more accountable and be reminded to treat all members of the public as equal under the law. Perhaps this level of transparency will lead to long-term change and start repairing the strained trust between the public and their police.