If you are Black and a Pittsburgh police officer is attempting to arrest you, there is a “higher than expected” chance that he will use some level of force to do so.
That is one of the key findings in a 43-page report released by the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Oct. 13, which looked at arrests where officers used force over a five-year period from 2010 to 2015.
“Over the past six years, there has been a higher-than-expected use of force rate for individuals who are Black, even when controlling for the differences in arrest patterns by race.” said Chief Cameron McLay in a statement.
“However, this disproportionality is decreasing and the 2015 rate is half the 2010 rate. These findings and others are explored in greater depth in this report.”
In his introduction to the report, McLay stresses that use of force is rare, occurring in less than one percent of all calls during the last two years, and the use of force by officers has declined 16 percent over the five-year study period.