Yesterday at the beginning of the show you stated that contraband was found 33% of the time when searching cars that belonged to white drivers. You then said that "the number is lower" for minority drivers, but not by much, but you didn't want to bog us down with numbers. In the time it took to say that you didn't want to "bog us down" with the numbers that are the basis for the discussion on the air, you should have"
1. Given the number
2. Told us whether it was found to be statistically significantly different from the percentage given for white drivers.
If you're going to talk about the numbers at all, you should talk about ALL the numbers.
In my personal experience, I have found Portland Police to be unfriendly and rude. I generally only run into police on the job when I'm at community events like Bikeways or Bridgepedal, and I find it sad that they are not able to be more positive when interacting with the public. The one that I personally know talks constantly about how no one understands how hard their job is, no one appreciates them, etc. Well, maybe if you all weren't acting so negatively towards everyone around you, the public would think more positively about the police!
When I lived in Oakland 10 years ago the police that I ran into were downright friendly, and definitely thrilled to be working the University rather than downtown Oakland. I can only assume that the culture of the Police here is one of self pity.
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