For years, now going on decades, police in some of these Pennsylvania small towns have been piling up petty arrests at rates among the highest in America, an Inquirer investigation shows. By far, African-Americans are bearing the impact of this policing strategy. They are arrested for minor crimes at rates that far surpass their percentages in the population, the investigation shows. The racial gap in petty arrests, criminologists say, may be every bit as widespread as the pattern of targeting black motorists on the New Jersey Turnpike or other highways — a practice that earned a biting nickname: “Driving While Black.”
Councilman Kareem Johnson
Councilman Kareem Johnson discusses the situation in Coatesville, Pa.
Anthony Canales of Pottstown, Pa, describes his experience with the police.