Chicago Police are conducting DUI checkpoints primarily in Black and Latino neighborhoods, the Chicago Tribune reports. This increased police activity in minority neighborhoods is occurring even despite data showing that the neighborhoods targeted are not neighborhoods with a high number of DUI incidents. The ACLU of Illinois has monitored and analyzed traffic stop data from law enforcement agencies throughout the state for over a decade. Each year, traffic stop data show persistent patterns of racial disparity in the number and nature of stops by Chicago Police, which include DUI checkpoints. The Chicago Tribune spoke with ACLU of Illinois Senior Staff Attorney Adam Schwartz:
"Are decisions about where to put DUI checkpoints part of a larger context of policing in a big city?" Schwartz said. "The city really needs to explain itself."