TAMPA, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — Black cyclists in Tampa were more likely than whites to be stopped and ticketed by police, according to the U.S. Justice Department.READ MORE: Florida Senate Ready To Pass Controversial Protest Bill
They also said the citations didn’t reduce crime in the city.
However, during a news conference Tuesday at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, officials insisted the policy was not discriminatory.READ MORE: ‘Billionaire Boxer’ Joe Fournier Ready To Settle Score With Reggaeton Singer Reykon In The Ring
The report says 73 percent of riders stopped between Jan. 1, 2014, and Aug. 30, 2015, were black and 26 percent were white, while the estimated population of riders during the period was 40 percent black and 49 percent white.
The report was requested a year ago by Mayor Bob Buckhorn and then-Police Chief Jane Castor after a Tampa Bay Times report that black bicyclists were issued citations at a vastly higher rate than the rest of the population.MORE NEWS: CDC Study Finds Leaving Middle Seat Open On Airplanes Could Reduce COVID Exposure For Passengers
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