President Obama Speaks On Racial Profiling By Police “There’s Some Racial Bias In The System”

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After the recent release of a viral video that shows a police officer using blunt force against a Black female high school student in South Carolina, President Obama is speaking out once again against the harsh reality of mass police misconduct and police brutality being practiced in America.

Via: HuffingtonPost

President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he knows racial profiling by police is a real concern — in part because he’s experienced it firsthand.

During a Chicago event with law enforcement officials, the president recalled times when he’d been pulled over in his car by police.

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution in El Reno, Okla., Thursday, July 16, 2015. As part of a weeklong focus on inequities in the criminal justice system, the president will meet separately Thursday with law enforcement officials and nonviolent drug offenders who are paying their debt to society at the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, a medium-security prison for male offenders near Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

 

“Most of the time I got a ticket, I deserved it. I knew why I was pulled over,” Obama said. “But there were times when I didn’t.”

He cited a report released this week showing that many African Americans have similarly been pulled over or frisked for no clear reason.

“The data shows that this is not an aberration,” said Obama. “It doesn’t mean each case is a problem. It means that when you aggregate all the cases and you look at it, you’ve gotta say that there’s some racial bias in the system.”

The president’s remarks came during a longer speech in which he praised police chiefs for helping to bring down rates of violent crimes, and discussed bridging the divide between police and the communities they serve.

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