Report on Racial Bias in Baltimore Policing Also Exposes Gender Bias

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Report on Racial Bias in Baltimore Policing Also Exposes Gender Bias

Vanita Gupta, the Justice Department’s top civil rights official, described “gender-biased policing” in Baltimore. Credit Gabriella Demczuk for The New York Times

For the past two years, ever since 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer, America has been enmeshed in a wrenching discussion about how the police treat young black men. But this week’s blistering report from the Justice Department on police bias in Baltimore also exposed a different, though related, concern: how the police in that majority-black city treat women, especially victims of sexual assault.

In six pages of the 163-page report documenting how Baltimore police officers have systematically violated the rights of African-Americans, the Justice Department also painted a picture of a police culture deeply dismissive of sexual assault victims and hostile toward prostitutes and transgender people. It branded the Baltimore Police Department’s response to sexual assault cases “grossly inadequate.”

Baltimore officers sometimes humiliated women who tried to report sexual assault, often failed to gather basic evidence, and disregarded some complaints filed by prostitutes. Some officers blamed victims or discouraged them from identifying their assailants, asking questions like, “Why are you messing that guy’s life up?” And the culture seemed to extend to prosecutors, investigators found. In one email exchange, a prosecutor referred to a woman who had reported a sexual assault as a “conniving little whore.” A police officer, using a common text-message expression for laughing heartily, wrote back: “Lmao! I feel the same.”

The inclusion of gender bias issues in the report stemmed from an aggressive push by the Justice Department, under President Obama, to improve the handling of sexual assault cases on college campuses and in cities and communities around the country.
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Reply Fri 12 Aug, 2016 06:18 am
@bobsal u1553115,
This is a ridiculous article. I get the issue. Victims of sexual assault should be treated fairly and with care and this doesn't always happen.

But how is this an example of gender bias?

Gender bias implies that one gender is being treated preferentially compared to the other bias and that the other is more likely to face abuse or mistreatment. This article uses the term "gender bias" without explaining how male victims of sexual assault are treated. The implication is that male victims of sexual assault are treated better by police. The data show that male victims are much less likely to be taken seriously or treated with fairness than female victims.

I don't mind that the issue of sexual assault is raised. Just keep it separate.

The Black Lives Matter protest is showing real, statistically demonstrable, injustice that targets Black men who are far more likely to be jailed, harassed by police than White men or women.

To try to hijack this issue with another political issue is unfair.

Reply Sat 17 Dec, 2016 04:27 pm
Why do you always turn a thread about chavinism and gender inequality issues into an argument about black people being more discriminated than women world wildly and we have no right to complain...
from now on, i´m going to refute any threat or post about racism to be ridiculous cause latin people had suffered even more on the hand of the white people...
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