Native Americans and African Americans in Minneapolis, Minnesota are nearly nine times more likely to be arrested for minor crimes than white people, according to a new report.
The American Civil Liberties Union's Criminal Law Reform Project and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota (ACLU) released an analysis titled, “The Picking up the Pieces: Policing in America, a Minneapolis Case Study,” and found that Native Americans were 8.6 times more likely than white people to be arrested for minor crimes. African Americans were just a decimal point higher at 8.7 times more likely.
The ACLU reviewed 96,000 arrests made by Minneapolis police officers for low-level offenses from January 2012 through September 2014, the Star Tribune reported. Low-level crimes are punishable by up to $3,000 in fines or less than a year in jail.
Meanwhile, the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) found that, nationwide, Native Americans are statistically more likely to be killed by police followed by African Americans, Latinos, Whites and Asians.