Driving While Black Has Actually Gotten More Dangerous in the Last 15 Years
A recently released study offers further confirmation of a problem that won’t go away until more and more reasonable people readily acknowledge it exists.
The researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill analyzed more than 1.3 million traffic stops and searches by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers for a 12-year period beginning in 2002, when the state began requiring police to collect such statistics. In their analysis of the data, collected and made public by the state’s Department of Justice, the researchers found that black drivers, despite making up less than one-third of the city’s driving population, were twice as likely to be subject to traffic stops and searches as whites. Young black men in Charlotte were three times as likely to get pulled over and searched than the city-wide average.
Here’s an article I paged last week covering a study that was released in 2014:
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