USA Today set out to discover if the racially lopsided arrest statistics in Ferguson, Missouri, where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer, were an anomaly. Sadly, no: A fascinating new report reveals a racial gap in arrest stats in many locations across the country, including at least twenty here in Colorado.
We broke out USA Today's Colorado numbers and ranked the twenty agencies according to how many blacks were arrested per 1,000 residents -- and the results are startling. Check them out below, and to see the complete USA Today piece, click here.
Number 20: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Number 19: Boulder County Sheriff's Office
Number 18: Larimer County Sheriff's Office
Number 17: Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office
Number 16: Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Number 15: El Paso County Sheriff's Office
Number 14: Denver Police Department
Number 13: Mesa County Sheriff's Office
Number 12: Parker Police Department
Number 11: Castle Rock Police Department
Number 10: Fort Collins Police Services
Number 9: Colorado Springs Police Department
Number 8: Longmont Police Department
Number 7: Littleton Police Department
Number 6: Aurora Police Department
Number 5: Westminster Police Department
Number 4: Arvada Police Department
Number 3: Broomfield Police Department
Number 2: Englewood Police Department
Number 1: Lakewood Police Department
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