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STOP data shows disparity with EPD-issued citations and LatinX members

Eugene Police Department cruisers.
Brian Bull
Eugene Police Department cruisers.

An annual review of statewide police records shows a disparity with how the Eugene Police Department conducts its operations with one cultural demographic. KLCC shares the latest Statistical Transparency of Policing Report (STOP) data.

The Oregon Criminal Justice Commission reviewed data from July 2020 through June 2021, and concluded that the EPD did not have disparate rates for stops, enforcement actions, searches, or arrests for Black, Native American, Asian, or Middle Eastern groups.

With the LatinX community however, EPD’s citation rate was just above 40%, that’s over the predicted rate of 34%. And the combined rate for citations/searches/and arrests was 42%, five percentage points over the predicted rate of 37.3%.

There were no overall disparities for stops, searches, or arrests for the LatinX data. But in a release, EPD Chief Chris Skinner said he didn’t want to see even one disparity for any group, and that he welcomes working with the LatinX community going forward.

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Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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