Let's talk about Boston

According to the 2010 census, 617,594 people live in Boston.

Of those, 47% are white.
excl. white hispanics or latinos

24.4% are black.

and 28.8% are other people of color.
incl. white hispanics or latinos

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People of Color

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People of Color

As you can see, the city is racially segregated.

Using data from the City of Boston’s open data portal, combined with census data showing racial segregation, we are able to show where Boston police officers perform stop and frisks and fight the war on drugs.

This is where police perform stop and frisks.

This is where police perform drug investigations.

And this is where police make drug arrests.

Do you notice a pattern?

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People of Color

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People of Color

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Stop and Frisk data