Study raises issues with Louisville police traffic stops

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – An analysis of vehicle stops by Louisville Metro police officers has found again that black drivers are searched twice as often as whites – and that many searches result in no findings.

The Courier-Journal reports ( that University of Louisville professor Deborah Keeling conducted the study, analyzing 82,590 vehicle stops from 2014. A previous study commissioned by the department made the same discovery regarding searches among black vs white drivers in 2013-2014.

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Data in the recent study shows that more of the searches resulted in no findings. In the 2013-2014 study, 76 percent of searches resulted in some type of “positive” finding, like contraband. In 2014, the number fell to 43 percent.

The department plans to beef up training to help officers make the call of whether or not it’s justified to search a vehicle.


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