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Short Update: Ohio police accused of racist lockdown enforcement

FairTrialsAdmin - May 11, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers

ProPublica reported that police departments in Ohio are primarily arresting black people for violating stay-at-home orders while white protesters have been able to break the order without being arrested. ProPublica examined thee large Ohio jurisdictions and early data shows that charges of violating stay-at-home orders appear to have fallen disproportionately on black people. They were more than four times more likely to be charged with violations of lockdown regulations than white people. About half of those charged with violating the order were also charged with other offenses, such as drug possession and disorderly conduct. The others were only charged with violating the order, with the proportion of black defendants among this group being even higher.   

Kristen Clarke, the president of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law has commented that “social distancing is being used as a pretext to arrest the very communities that have been hit hardest by the virus.” 

Fair Trials had previously reported similar trends in social distancing enforcement by the New York police department. 

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