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Amid Race Talk, FBI Struggles to Hire Black Agents

FBI Director James Comey discusses race and law enforcement, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Georgetown University in Washington. Comey said the nation is at a “crossroads” on matters of race relations and law enforcement, saying the country must confront hard truths following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and the slayings of two police officers in New York. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
FBI Director James Comey discusses race and law enforcement, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, at Georgetown University in Washington. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Josh Gerstein, POLITICO

 

(Politico)—FBI Director James Comey’s pointed critique of law enforcement’s rocky dealings with African-American communities indirectly called attention to an uncomfortable fact: The percentage of black FBI agents has actually fallen over the past two decades.

The most recent statistics posted on the website of the nation’s premier law enforcement agency show African-Americans accounted for 4.7 percent of the bureau’s special agents in 2012, down from 5.6 percent in 1997.

Law enforcement critics have cited racial disparities on police forces as one of the reasons for strained relationships with black communities nationwide.
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