Large Study Found Widespread Racial Profiling of Drivers of Color

In June 2017 a Stanford University research study found that black and Hispanic/Latinx drivers were more likely to be searched, ticketed, and arrested than white drivers. The study found that black drivers were stopped more often than white drivers, while Hispanic/Latinx drivers were stopped at similar rates to that of white drivers. One of the researchers noted "not only did we find minorities are ticketed and arrested more often, we also found that police in general will use a lower bar to search minorities than whites.” The researchers analyzed more than 100 million police stops between 2011 and 2015 from 31 states. The study reveals widespread racial profiling in the United States, which is not only illegal but also an aspect of institutionalized racism.

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