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Racial profile report: Blacks are 46% more likely to be pulled over

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – A report from the Missouri Attorney General's office shows black drivers were 46% more likely to be stopped by police last year than either white or Hispanic drivers.

That continues a trend of blacks being pulled over by police at a higher rate than whites. That disparity has grown since 2004, when figures showed blacks were 38% more likely to be stopped than whites.

Missouri law requires the Attorney General to produce an annual report detailing the demographics of traffic stops.

This year's report also shows that black drivers were 78% more likely to be searched than white drivers who were stopped.

2005 Racial Profiling Report
Missouri Attorney General's office
(parenthesis notes disparity, or porportion of arrests related to proportion of that race's population in that jurisdiction: 1 means no disparity, less than 1 means under-representation, more than 1 means over-representation)

Police Department % Stops - White (disparity) % Stops - Black (disparity) % Stops - Hispanic (disparity)
Statewide 84.3 10.6 2.2
Clayton 80.9 (0.9) 9.3 (2.3) 1.9 (0.8)
Hazelwood 78.6 (0.8) 16.7 (2.1) 1.6 (0.7)
Jefferson County Sheriff 96.4 (1.02) 0.9 (1.1) 0.96 (0.3)
St. Charles City 91.1 (0.95) 4.03 (2.2) 1.82 (1.5)
St. Charles County Sheriff 92.5 (0.94) 3.2 (2.2) 1.6 (0.87)
St. Louis City 46.6 (0.98) 47.9 (1.1) 1.8 (0.8)
St. Louis County 75.1 (0.91) 19.5 (1.5) 1.5 (0.82)
Wentzville 84.1 (1.02) 11.8 (1.02) 1.5 (1.04)
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