The police in Champaign really loath jaywalking…at least by some people, in some neighborhoods.

Wow — what an inspired use of FOI by the website Vivelo Hoy, a really interesting online news site…anyway, they took a look at five years’ worth of arrest records, and found that 90 percent of those arrested for jaywalking

English: No jaywalking restriction sign: An ar...

English: No jaywalking restriction sign: An arrow supplementary plate is mounted to indicate the direction of an appropriate crossing for pedestrians. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

were black — and most of those arrests occurred on streets without sidewalks. What?!?!

Here’s the nut graf:

We found major disparities in the number of arrests of black people in both communities.

In 2010, black people made up 16 percent of the population in both Champaign and Urbana, according to the U.S. Census Bureau

But in both communities at least 40 percent of the arrest charges were against black people in each of the years from 2007 to 2011.

Within the category of arrest types, there were even greater disparities.

One of the largest was in regards to “improper walking on roadway,” or jaywalking.

In Champaign from 2007 to 2011, 658, or 88 percent, of the 744 jaywalking arrests were of black people.

In Urbana, the percentage of black arrestees  for the same crime was even higher during those same years.


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