Study: Blacks searched more during traffic stops

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A study shows black drivers are more likely to be searched and arrested compared to white drivers after being pulled over by Louisville police.

Police Chief Steve Conrad says the disparities are "areas of concern," but says the report doesn’t definitively show racial bias was a factor.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1yuHBLQ ) reports the study analyzed 87,775 vehicle stops between April 2013 and March 2014.

Of those, 67 percent involved white drivers, while 28 percent involved black drivers. Other stops involved drivers classified as Hispanic or other.

Fewer than 10 percent of stops studied resulted in a vehicle search. When searches occurred, they involved black drivers nearly 14 percent of the time, compared to almost 8 percent for white drivers and 9 percent for Hispanics.

The study was done by University of Louisville researchers.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

 

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