Black Missouri Drivers Are 85 Percent More Likely To Be Pulled Over By Police
According to a report released by the Vehicle Stops Report , African-Americans in Missouri are 85 percent more likely to be pulled over by police. This is the highest the rate has been in 18 years.
“It’s why we’ve ended up in a situation where people are talking about travel advisories and African-American groups are less likely to come and do business in our state,” spokesperson for the St. Louis chapter of the NAACP John Gaskin told The Grio.
Unfortunately, this rate is increasing. Last year, this rate was at 75 percent.
The reports states that African-Americans represent 10.9 percent of the driving-age population but 18.7 percent of all Missouri traffic stops. People of color, including Latinos, were also searched at a rate well above the average of all Missouri drivers who were stopped by police.
African-Americans and Latinos were also arrested more than whites during these stops, with 6.5 percent of the traffic stops of blacks resulting in arrest and 6.9 percent for Latinos.
Read the summary of the report here.