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Race a significant factor in Boston Police stop and frisks, data shows

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Today the ACLU of Massachusetts and the national ACLU's Racial Justice Project released a report on stop and frisk practices in the city of Boston: "Black, Brown and Targeted". The report, based off of data from Boston Police Department field interrogation records from 2007-2010, shows that while black people made up only 24% of Boston's population, they accounted for 63% of people stopped by the police during those years.

Watch the video above to hear one young man's story, and take a look at the charts below to learn more about the data. Read the report for background about the struggle the ACLU had in getting access to the data, and to see what the organization recommends the police department do to ensure equal treatment and justice for all.

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