A look at Chicago’s segregated police stations

Chicago police shoot man on balcony in Englewood

CHICAGO — The racial makeup of Chicago police stations don’t match the districts they’re serving.

About two-thirds of the city’s residents are minorities, but half the police force is white.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports white police officers hold at least half the jobs in twelve of the city’s 22 police stations.

That includes two stations in black neighborhoods on the west side.

Black officers make up the majority in just two police stations on the city’s South Side.

Some districts hardly have any.

“The Chicago Police Department works to ensure that officers represent the communities they serve,” spokesman Frank Giancamilli says. “Officers’ assignments are based on the individual needs of each district, as well as bids by officers for appointment based on seniority, where applicable.”

The Sun-Times found that of the 1,901 black officers assigned to districts, 69-percent of them were posted to eight police stations on the city’s South Side.

Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood is one of the smallest police districts, but it has the most officers.

44-percent of those officers are white.

There are more than three white cops for every black cop assigned to two West Side districts covering black neighborhoods that include Austin, West Garfield Park and East Garfield Park.

Both districts are run by black commanders.