DOJ Releases Bike Citation Racial Disparity Report In Tampa

Apr 26, 2016

The U.S. Justice Department will release its report this morning on apparent racial disparities in the Tampa Police Department's issuance of bicycle citations.

Tuesday's report was requested a year ago by Mayor Bob Buckhorn and then-Police Chief Jane Castor in the wake of a Tampa Bay Times report that black bicyclists were issued citations at a vastly higher rate than the rest of the population.

Records show the department issued 544 bike citations in 2014. Of those, 443 — or about 81 percent — were given to blacks.

The 2010 U.S. Census shows African-Americans make up slightly more than a quarter of the city's population.