Sunday, March 22, 2009

Young Blacks More Likely To Be Arrested Than Whites

From CTV News:

A new study concludes that young blacks in Montreal are twice as likely as young whites to be stopped and arrested by police.

The study was carried out by the University of Montreal's Centre de recherche de Montréal sur les inégalités sociales et les discriminations (CREMIS).

Here's how the numbers break down:

* In 2001, 1518 youths between the ages of 12 and 18 were arrested on the Island of Montreal
* Of the arrests that resulted in charges, 340 cases -- or 22. 4% -- involved young blacks
* According to Statistics Canada, in 2001, there were 129, 490 youths in Montreal -- 88, 890 whites and 13, 105 blacks

Those numbers suggest that, proportionally, young black Montrealers are two times more likely than whites to find themselves with criminal records.

Incidentally, the release of the findings coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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