Report: Baton Rouge Poor Blacks Arrested Disproportionately

A new report shows poor, black Baton Rouge residents are subjected to more drug arrests than in higher-income neighborhoods.

The report published in the New Orleans Times-Picayune analyzes publicly-available arrest data between 2011 and 2016, as part of a project from an organization called Together Baton Rouge. The investigation was organized after last summer's shooting death of Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge police.

Baton Rouge city statistics show that residents of the city's northern neighborhoods that have higher unemployment and high school dropout rates made up the majority of drug arrests during the five-year-period.

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