San Diego Police Stop Data Shows Disparate Treatment of LGBT People

San Diego police are more likely to stop LGBT people for reasonable suspicion and more likely to handcuff them, according to police stop data analyzed by Voice of San Diego and the UC San Diego Extension Center for Research.

The data, which was collected between July 2018 to July 2019 to comply with a new California law known as the Racial and Identity Profiling Act, also shows transgender people were stopped far more often for “reasonable suspicion” than for traffic stops. Reasonable suspicion stops are more subject to officer bias, because they can be conducted for subjective reasons like an officer determining a person looks suspicious. A separate analysis conducted recently by Campaign Zero for the ACLU drew similar conclusions about the data on LGBT and transgender police stops.

Analysis of the same data also showed that black people stopped by SDPD are searched more often than any other race, even though officers find contraband on them less often.