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Black Drivers Still Get Pulled Over More in Missouri, St. Louis: Attorney General

Categories: Racism

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"Pull over, please."
African-American drivers are more likely to be pulled over and searched by Missouri law enforcement, and white drivers are more likely than Hispanic or black drivers to have contraband in the car, says a new report from the Attorney General.

Attorney General Chris Koster released his fourteenth annual report of traffic stops last week, highlighting the disproportionate number of black drivers pulled over.

See also: 10 Worst Places to Drive Black in St. Louis

"African-American drivers in Missouri were 66 percent more likely than white drivers to be stopped in 2013 versus 30 percent more likely in 2000," Koster says. "This suggests a disturbing trend, and I hope communities with similar findings will make a serious effort to identify the causes."

Koster says his report isn't conclusive evidence of racial profiling, especially since crime patterns or an interstate highway can impact data samples. Rather, it measures the "disparity index," or the proportion of stops for drivers of a particular race or ethnicity to the proportion of the local population of that racial or ethnic group. A disparity index score of one means law enforcement pulls over drivers of a certain race proportionately to how many people of that race live in the area. A score higher than one means a group is over-represented in the number of traffic stops.

In 2013, the statewide disparity index for African-Americans increased to 1.59, the eleventh increase in fourteen years. The disparity index for black drivers in 2000 was 1.27.

See also: Report: Black, Hispanic Missouri Drivers Face Disproportionate Number of Police Searches

Police are more likely to search black and Hispanic drivers than white drivers, even though white drivers are more likely to have contraband in the car, the report says.

In 2013, African-American drivers were 1.89 times more likely to be searched when stopped than white drivers. Hispanic drivers were 1.87 times more likely than white drivers to be searched even though they are stopped proportionally less often than white drivers.

Police find contraband in the cars of white drivers 26.3 percent of the time, according to the report, compared to 18 percent for both Hispanic and black drivers.

Here's a graph of the statewide results:

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And here are the disparity index results for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police:

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Attorney General

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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Rob Allen
Rob Allen

They get pulled over more because their driving sucks and they drive piece of shit cars.

Scott Weber
Scott Weber

Which race is more likely to be driving around, in neighborhoods they don't live in, at odd hours of the night? Just look at the recent shootings in north city. Driving around at 2am. A group of guys. With expired plates. You'll get pulled over

Scott Weber
Scott Weber

Statistics of this are NOT overwhelming. Once again. Check the FBI crime index records. Not the medias biased reports

Scott Weber
Scott Weber

I dunno where you get that from. You're welcome to see the police academy curriculum. It's public record. Just request it or talk to a new recruit, if you don't believe me. White or black

Devon L Johnson
Devon L Johnson

Which race has money to post bond and is more likely to show up to court that is whichever race it gets arrested for drugs

ChrisXtopher Roles
ChrisXtopher Roles

In my Criminal Justice class, we studied that black drivers are more likely to get pulled over. Depending on the officers. In St. Louis you are more likely to pull over a black driver. That is what a lot of people are also ignoring. I'm not saying that it isn't a problem, you just have to look at the facts. And white people think they can get away with more because of their color, so they do more. But people will only report it if it's a black driver because it causes an uproar.

Tyler Garrett
Tyler Garrett

Timothy Burch, you are absolutely correct! Try driving a primer black '89 s10 going home after work at about 2 am! I was stopped 9x in one year, in that time I received ONE seat belt ticket. It was always some lame ass excuse like " suspicious activity". Now I drive a Subaru legacy sedan, no problems.

Jeffrey Reddick
Jeffrey Reddick

I have mean spirited things to say, but will keep my mouth shut .FTP.

Timothy Burch
Timothy Burch

If you drive a hood mobile your going to be a target! Old Buicks, Impalas, Oldsmobiles, Cadillacs, Lincolns,Bonneville and Grand Prix. Every see a brotha in a Subaru wagon get pulled over? But I have been pulled over more in Missouri than anywhere else. They just want to search the car no matter what your race!

John Jacobs
John Jacobs

Gretchen Tipsword you are EXACTLY the kind of Illread, ignorant, blowhards that are constantly shooting off their mouths about anything and everything they know nothing about. Shut the fuck up!

Tim Huff
Tim Huff

The chinamen are not the issue here, Dude. I'm talking about drawing a line in the sand, Dude. Across this line, you DO NOT... Also, Dude, chinamen is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.

Bone Turner
Bone Turner

Lace King, statistics and sociology/history are entirely different fields, thus stats rules are not always applicable. If you look at police records coupled with the history of documented discrimination that U.S. law enforcement has committed, the evidence is overwhelming, man.

Wayne Cardosi
Wayne Cardosi

Are they really? Or do they just complain about it more? If people would do the basics like use their blinker when changing lanes, don't tailgate, turn on your lights when you need to use your wipers. Change up the police vehicle make and model. Deploy more UNMARKED vehicles. Pull over the slow people hogging up the left lane. Pull over the people who are looking down at their phones.

Dev Conboy
Dev Conboy

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Jameson Clerk
Jameson Clerk

It's racist that this article ignores chinamen

Gretchen Tipsword
Gretchen Tipsword

Police are TAUGHT to racially profile. It is INSTITUTIONALIZED, and terribly obvious that it is if you pay attention. Shit. Is. Fucked.

Lace King
Lace King

Here's my question--are there any SCIENTIFIC STUDIES attesting to this? Correlation doesn't equal causation. First rule of statistics. For example, (hundreds to thousands of times over, in various places) you send a black driver and a white driver down a road committing the same traffic offense (turn signal, no seatbelt, speeding, muffler, whatever) to see who gets pulled over, if either of them. Record, repeat. THAT is the only way to know if we have something to worry about. Because again, folks, correlation does not equal causation.

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