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Cities with a higher percentage of white police officers than white residents

Cities with a lower percentage of white police officers than white residents

Take the example of Baltimore. This shows that 28 percent of the city population is white, while 46 percent of the police officers working in the city are white, according to Census data.

The empty space in the middle of the chart shows where cities would fall if their share of white officers matched the population. The blue half shows overrepresentation of white police officers compared to the community's racial makeup, while the gray half shows under-representation of white officers.

In this case, whites are over-represented among Baltimore police.

Shown are the 22 cities with more than 600,000 people. In every case, whites are overrepresented on the police force.

The further a dot is from the equality line, the greater the imbalance.

One city, Detroit, Mich., has three times the percentage of whites on the police force as in the community.

Cities with a higher percentage of white police officers than white residents

Cities with a lower percentage of white police officers than white residents

Here are 755 cities for which Census Bureau had data on police officers, three-quarters of which have a higher percentage of white police officers than the white resident population.

The line of dense blocks at the top of the graph represents the police forces with an all-white staff. The gray dots represent cities with more racially diverse police forces than communities.

Twenty-nine cities have five times the percentage of whites on the police force as the community; 23 cities have three times as many.

Cities with a higher percentage of white police officers than white residents

Cities with a lower percentage of white police officers than white residents

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SOURCE: Census Five-year American Community Survey and Equal Employment Opportunity Tabulation through 2010.