Chicago Police Stop Black Motorists More, ACLU Finds
Of the more than 100,000 traffic stops made by Chicago police last year, nearly half were of black motorists, far more than their percentage of the population per 2010 Census figures, according to the ACLU analysis of the data. The numbers were even more lopsided for traffic stops of blacks in predominantly white neighborhoods, the ACLU found.
“Black motorists are being stopped far more likely than we would expect,” said Adam Schwartz, a senior staff counsel for the ACLU of Illinois. “We think that tends to show that police have different tests when deciding who to stop and who to search.”