NAACP President Adolphus Pruitt: "The state is not taking it seriously enough to try to fix this issue."
Some might say that people already knew this. A report from Missouri Attorney General has found that drivers from the Black community are more likely to be pulled over by cops than white drivers.
Black drivers in Missouri 91% more likely to be stopped than whites. Where’s the outrage? https://t.co/kd2dug4e8U— Missouri Studies (@MissouriStudies) June 11, 2019
According to CNN, this disparity has reached its highest number in 19 years that the vehicle stops report has been conducted - Scott Decker, one of the people who prepared the report says. African Americans comprise 10.9% of Missouri's driving-age population, but 19.2% of all vehicle stops in 2018, according to the report released on May 31.
"Action must be taken." Civil rights groups call for change after a report shows black drivers in Missouri are 91% more likely to be stopped by police and the disparity is getting worse. https://t.co/Q8xYAvUREN— AP Central U.S. (@APCentralRegion) June 10, 2019
The report examined 1,539,477 vehicle stops from 596 law enforcement agencies in the state.
People of other races -- including whites, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans -- were stopped at rates "well below" their portion of the driving-age population, the report said.
There fast acting Racist cop's no shame! https://t.co/uTwM81sVFu— Fernando Lujan (@nandolujan64) June 12, 2019
"Unfortunately, the numbers have been trending this way consistently year in and year out," St. Louis NAACP President Adolphus Pruitt told CNN, "The state is not taking it seriously enough to try to fix this issue."
Furthermore, the findings of The Missouri report do align with national trends that people observe otherwise as well.
In March, a Stanford University study of 93 million traffic stops from around the country reported that black drivers are 20% more likely to get pulled over than white drivers.
"Using stops as a policing tool for crime prevention needs to cease," Pruitt said. "The fact that somebody is driving in a particular area, and a police officer feels that that person or individuals are out of place -- that, in itself, should not justify them impeding or intruding on their lives by stopping them and searching their vehicle."
“A report is not enough. Actions must be taken.”https://t.co/2kSLD4WYN0— Common Dreams (@commondreams) June 11, 2019
For years, law enforcement organizations said drivers of color who were pulled over in a predominantly white area could have exaggerated the racial disparities in vehicle stop data. But this report shows the artificial inflation is not as high as thought -- black drivers are still being pulled over at disproportionate rates in their own communities.