Bike citation racial disparity reported in Tampa

Posted at 7:23 AM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 07:23:20-04

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department will release its report on apparent racial disparities in the Tampa Police Department's issuance of bicycle citations.

Tuesday's report was requested a year ago by Mayor Bob Buckhorn and then-Police Chief Jane Castor in the wake of a Tampa Bay Times report that black bicyclists were issued citations at a vastly higher rate than the rest of the population.

Records show the department issued 544 bike citations in 2014. Of those, 443 - or about 81 percent - were given to blacks.

The 2010 U.S. Census shows African-Americans make up slightly more than a quarter of the city's population.

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