Blacks remain focus of Boston police investigations, searches

Blacks continue to make up a disproportionate share of street investigations by Boston Police, according to records. –Scott Eisen for The Boston Globe

The number of people singled out for street investigations by Boston police dropped significantly in 2016, but blacks continue to make up a disproportionate share, despite the department’s efforts to reduce racial disparity, according to an analysis of police records.

Of the nearly 15,000 individuals that police observed, interrogated, or searched last year, almost 70 percent were black, the Globe analysis found. Blacks constitute about 25 percent of the city’s population.

“That is a tremendous disparity that raises concerns about the basis of those searches,’’ said Rahsaan Hall, who directs the racial justice program for the ACLU of Massachusetts.