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Report: Black drivers in Missouri more likely to be pulled over

Jun 1, 2017

New data show black drivers in Missouri were 75 percent more likely than whites to be pulled over last year. 

The annual report, which was released Wednesday by the state attorney general's office, shows the disparity rate last year increased from the year before, when blacks were 69 percent more likely than white motorists to be stopped. 

The state's disparity rate was at 75 percent in 2014 — the highest it's been since the state began compiling data 17 years ago. 

Police treatment of blacks in Missouri fell under national scrutiny following the August 2014 killing of black 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white Ferguson police officer. 

The latest report shows blacks in that St. Louis suburb were nearly 73 times more likely to be pulled over compared to whites last year.