Boston PD’s Gang Database Racially Profiles Young Black and Latino Men

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The Boston Police Department is keeping a secretive gang database that tracks nearly 5,000 people, most of them young Black and Latino men, according to newly released data. Several civil rights groups sued the department in November seeking information into the database and how authorities use the information. 

Data released by the department revealed that 66 percent of the people in the database are Black, 24 percent are Latinx, and 2 percent are white, The Associated Press (AP) reported. The database does not reflect the racial makeup of Boston’s population, which is over 50 percent white, 25 percent Black, and 20 percent Latinx. 

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts sued Boston PD in November to learn more about the department’s gang database. According to the AP, the lawsuit claimed that “Central American youths are being wrongly listed as active gang members ‘based on nothing more than…

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