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.
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 stopRead More