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Video: Rep. Andy Dulin: “I am completely against the Klan, but..."

Last August, Andy Dulin participated in a panel discussion of white supremacy and racism on an episode of the Charlotte-based FlashPoint following last year’s white supremacist riot and death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville, VA

“I am completely against the Klan, but if you just leave those knuckleheads alone maybe they’d go away,” said Dulin.

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New study of 20 million traffic stops in NC finds stark racial disparities

Professors at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and the University of Texas studied North Carolina traffic stop data back to 2002 and found stark racial disparity in policing at stops. City Lab first reported on highlights of the 20 million stops analyzed by researchers.

This research comes after N.C. passed legislation that adds instruction on how to behave in a traffic stop to driver’s education curriculum.

There are about one to 1.6 million traffic stops each year in N.C. and about 10 million people living in the state. This means North Carolinians should have a 10 to 15 percent chance of being pulled over each year.

However, when this data is broken down by race, odds of being pulled over were significantly higher for black drivers when compared to white and latinx drivers. On average, black drivers were 60 to 70 percent more likely to have been stopped when controlling for population density. This racial bias is most likely to be underestimating the disparity when taking access and ownership to cars, which is greater in white populations, into account. 

That is why researchers gave the most attention to data around who gets searched after a traffic stop as a more clear indicator of racial disparities. When researchers controlled for reason for stop, time of day, day of week, month of year, and specific law enforcement agency they found that young people, men, and people of color are much more likely to be searched after a traffic stop 

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