Sidewalk-Free Illinois Neighborhood Arresting Scores of Black Pedestrians Sidewalk-Free Illinois Neighborhood Arresting Scores of Black Pedestrians
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Sidewalk-Free Illinois Neighborhood Arresting Scores of Black Pedestrians

by Zachary Slobig

August 31, 2012

It's amazing what kinds of telling data a Freedom of Information Act request can turn up. Dynamics between black residents of Champaign-Urbana Illinois and the police have been fraught in recent years since the police shooting of an unarmed teen there. Local reporter Jeff Kelly Lowenstein decided to use FOIA to take a deeper look at the arrest statistics in the metro area and got his hands on the details of every single arrest over the course of the five years between 2007 and 2011. He found striking patterns of discrimination.    

Looks like Champaign-Urbana is in desperate need of two things: a police force that stops targeting black people for minor offenses, and a streetscape design with the basic pedestrian infrastructure that both allows and encourages residents to enjoy public space. Perhaps Jason Roberts and the energetic folks over at Better Block could take this on as a challenge.

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Sidewalk-Free Illinois Neighborhood Arresting Scores of Black Pedestrians