4/2/17The number of Americans arrested by police for crimes has jumped to record levels in the past year, according to a new report by the Brennan Center for Justice.
In 2016, police in the U.S. arrested 1.2 million people for nonviolent crimes, which includes traffic violations, minor offenses like public urination and littering, and felony offenses like burglary.
But this year, the number of arrests for violent crimes was up by almost a million, which also includes robberies and aggravated assaults.
The numbers have continued to rise throughout 2017.
Black Americans make up over 70 percent of those arrested, according the Brennan report, which found that about two-thirds of those people were arrested for nonviolent offenses.
Black people are far more likely to be arrested for crimes, and black Americans account for roughly four out of every 10 of those who are arrested for violent crime, according a 2017 report by Black Lives Matter.
“These numbers are really alarming,” said Michael Eric Dyson, director of the Brennan center.
“We are not just seeing police violence and shootings of unarmed black men in their own communities.
We’re seeing the disproportionate use of force and the disproportionate impacts of racial disparities on communities of color.
This report makes clear that these problems are systemic and we need to do much more to address them.”
In 2017, Black Lives Matters released a report titled “The Black Crime Myth,” which looked at data from the National Crime Victimization Survey, and found that in the year 2016, African Americans were nearly four times as likely as whites to be the victims of violent crime.
The report found that the disparity in violent crime between blacks and whites increased from 2.5 to 7.8 percent in the first five years of the study, and that the racial disparities in police-reported crime in the United States increased from 1.5 in 2015 to 1.9 in 2016.
“It’s important to understand that the rate of police violence against black people is at a level that is beyond even the lowest of estimates for any other group,” said John Lott, director at the Brennan Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Criminal Justice System.
“The racial disparities are so much greater than anyone thought that it is hard to believe that a group of Americans who have the greatest potential to be victims of police misconduct would be disproportionately impacted by it.”
The number of people who are stopped and frisked in the same year is also up dramatically, according that report.
In the year that followed, the rate increased from 0.3 percent to 0.7 percent.
“Black people are more likely than white people to be stopped and arrested for a violent crime in a given year,” Dyson said.
“In fact, the vast majority of arrests are for non-violent crimes.
These data reveal that a disproportionate number of police officers are targeting people of color, including young black people.”
The data also shows that the arrest rate is at its highest point in at least a decade, with more than 1.1 million people arrested in 2016, up from 1 million in 2015.
The Brennan Center also found that police in 2016 used more deadly force against people of colour than in previous years, with a disproportionate impact on people of Color, especially Black men.
In 2017 and 2016, the racial disparity in police shootings increased from 13 to 16 percent, with police shooting black men more than white men more often than other racial groups.
“That’s a big concern, that police officers use deadly force disproportionately against people in their communities of origin,” said Lott.
“But what we are seeing is a larger increase in police killings of young Black men, which suggests that the pattern of killings is not just the result of a broader trend of policing.”
The Brennan report also found a huge gap between police departments that have used deadly force and those that have not.
“There is no evidence that the use of deadly force by police is decreasing,” said Dyson.
“Instead, we see that police departments are using more lethal force against those people that are black and Latino and poor, and are less likely to use lethal force when they are white or Asian.”
The report also showed that, in 2016 and 2017, the most common type of arrest by police officers was a traffic stop.
In all three years, the majority of traffic stops were for non violent offenses, and in 2016 it was almost twice as likely for black people to face a traffic violation as white people.
The most common types of arrests by police officer are not only for nonviolent crime, but also for misdemeanors like simple possession of marijuana, which is also a type of offense that disproportionately affects people of Black, Latino and white communities.
In 2015, the Brennan program released the first-ever report on the racial impact of the use and misuse of police force by the Department of Justice.
The research found that Black people were more likely for instance to be ticketed for parking violations and for driving