Anti-racist action in Portland follows canceled Black Lives Matter protest

In Portland, according to the FBI Crime Data Explorer and the US Census Bureau, 17.8 percent of police arrests from 2008-2018 were of Black people, while Blacks account for only 8.3 percent of the city’s population. Statewide, Black Mainers are six times more likely to be incarcerated than white Mainers, according to a 2019 report by the Maine Center for Economic Policy. 

Click here to read the full story, first published September 9, 2020, in the Portland Phoenix.