Study claims race affects police traffic stops

A new study claims race plays a major role in who police pull over for certain traffic stops.

The study out of the University of Kansas involved interviewing more than 23 hundred drivers in the Kansas City area who were pulled over in the past year.

The study compares traffic safety stops to investigatory stops. It defines “safety stops” as those for a violation such as speeding or running a stop sign and investigatory stops as those when an officer stops a driver to check for possible criminal activity.

In investigatory stops, the study finds black drivers were stopped at nearly three times the rate of white drivers.

Scott Conklin with the Topeka Police Department says officers are trained yearly on bias based policing, which has been at the forefront of policing for the past several years.  He adds the department has never had a “substantiated bias based policing complaint.”

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