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Criticism over minor arrests

African Americans in some Baltimore neighborhoods have long complained that they are unfairly targeted by police for arrests for nuisance crimes. After the ACLU and the NAACP sued police in 2005 over the issue, the city changed its policy and such arrests plummeted. But the issue re-emerged following Freddie Gray’s death, as prosecutors said he was arrested without probable cause.

Minor arrests have decreased since 2005
2005 MINOR ARRESTS
2014 MINOR ARRESTS*
Breakdown of minor arrests by race in 2014
POPULATION (2013 ACS)
DISORDERLY CONDUCT (802 arrests)
TRESPASSING (787 arrests)
FAILURE TO OBEY (403 arrests)
OPEN CONTAINER (128 arrests)
LOITERING (58 arrests)

*Each arrest may include multiple charges, therefore tallies may not add up to the total number of minor arrests

SOURCE:Baltimore Police Department via Open Baltimore, U.S. Census

Data analysis by Patrick Maynard, Design and development by Emma Patti Harris and Greg Kohn

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