Ranks of Bay Area police departments largely white

As the killing of an unarmed black teen by a white cop roils predominantly black Ferguson, Missouri, one of that community’s challenges is replicated even in the highly diverse Bay Area: White police officers disproportionately dominate in cities with large minority populations.

More than 83 percent of larger cities in the region have higher percentages of white police officers than their percentages of white residents, according to U.S. Census estimates — sometimes by a staggering proportion.

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