Yet Another Study Confirms Racist Nature of Traffic Stops

And here we have yet another study that shows that the police pull over black motorists at a far higher rate than white motorists but find that whites are actually more likely to be violating the law when they do. I don’t know of a single study anywhere in the nation that shows a contrary result, this is remarkably consistent no matter where it’s looked at. This one involved the city of Chicago.

In 2013, the CPD conducted 100,676 traffic stops. See Exh. 1. The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois analyzed the underlying IDOT data regarding these stops. We found significant racial disparities in traffic stops, both City-wide and in the police districts that contain the fewest minority residents. We also found significant racial disparities in four kinds of searches conducted during these traffic stops. Specifically, we found:

1. Racial disparities in traffic stops.

  • City-wide. The rate of black drivers in the stops (46%) is far higher than the rate of black residents in the city population (32%). See Exh. 2. White and Hispanic drivers are stopped at rates lower than their population.
  • In higher-white police districts. In the five police districts where whites are a majority of the resident population, minority motorists are significantly over-stopped. As expressed in ratios of stop rates to population rates, black motorists are over-stopped by ratios ranging from 1.7 to 7.5, and Hispanic motorists are over-stopped by ratios ranging from 1.1 to 2.3. For example, in District #18 (Near North), where the resident population is 76% white, blacks are 9% of the residents and 19% of the traffic stops (yielding an over-stop ratio of 2.1), and Hispanics are 5% of the population and 11% of the stops (yielding an over-stop ratio of 2.3). See Exh. 2. [1]

2. Racial disparities in four kinds of searches during traffic stops

  • Searches of vehicles by consent (1,390 times). CPD was over four times more likely to search black and Hispanic motorists, compared to white motorists (4.74 and 4.09 times). See Exh. 3. CPD was about twice as likely to find contraband when they searched white motorists, compared to black and Hispanic motorists (2.1 and 1.86 times). See Exh. 4. (The points in this paragraph were part of the ACLU’s August 2014 published report about consent searches of cars throughout Illinois.)
  • Searches of vehicles by non-consent (2,421 times). CPD was far more likely to search black and Hispanic motorists compared to white motorists (3.42 and 4.82 times). See Exh. 6. CPD was far more likely to find contraband when they searched white motorists, compared to black and Hispanic motorists (1.76 and 1.51 times). See Exh. 7.
  • Searches of drivers by consent (1,597 times). CPD was far more likely to search black and Hispanic drivers compared to white motorists (4.9 and 4.46 times). See Exh. 8. White motorists were slightly less likely than black motorists to be caught with contraband (0.94 times), and were more likely than Hispanic motorists to be caught with contraband (1.34). See Exh. 9.
  • Searches of drivers by non-consent (2,668 times). CPD was far more likely to search black and Hispanic motorists compared to white motorists (3.72 and 5.22 times). See Exh. 10. CPD was far more likely to find contraband when they searched white motorists, compared to black and Hispanic motorists (1.65 and 2.70 times). See Exh. 11.

And these results are even more obvious in the whitest areas of the city. A black driver is most likely to be pulled over if driving in a predominately white area of town. You can read the full study here. This mirrors results in New Jersey, Florida, Maryland and many other places that have had similar studies done.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/kalli.procopio Kalli Procopio

    I would suspect that the reason they find more contraband on white people they search is because the white people they search actually look shady. Which just reinforces the racism by stating that the police think everyone of color looks shady. I know from my own experience, when I had a style that was a bit rough and tumble and drove a beat up piece of junk, I was targeted to be pulled over and searched on minor or even made up excuses. The moment I changed my look and started driving a nice car, the stop and searches ceased.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Kalli Procopio “I know from my own experience, when I had a style that was a bit rough and tumble and drove a beat up piece of junk, I was targeted to be pulled over and searched on minor or even made up excuses. The moment I changed my look and started driving a nice car, the stop and searches ceased.”

    I had a similar experience. I solved it by stopping being black.*

     

    * Plus, it really helped my standup act (“Did you ever notice how I used to drive like this, but now I drive like this?” Seriously, that kills at the asylum. All the Napoleons crack up)

  • scienceavenger

    1. Racial disparities in traffic stops. City-wide. The rate of black drivers in the stops (46%) is far higher than the rate of black residents in the city population (32%). See Exh. 2. White and Hispanic drivers are stopped at rates lower than their population.

    See, this is why I watch Fox, because if you don’t, you don’t understand why this will have ZERO persuasive power among your target audience. In the conservative bubble they are taught that all social researchers are either incompetent, or hopelessly biased, or both. This gives them a two-pronged approach to dismiss all social science evidence against their meritocratist, post-racial view of the world. It goes like this [best Bill’O voice]:

    “Of course blacks are stopped more often than whites, because blacks are disproportionately poor and uneducated, both of which lead to criminal behavior. If you want to prove that cops are acting in a racially biased manner, you have to compare people similar in economic and educational background, and not buy the far-left assumption that everyone is equal and all groups should be guaranteed equal outcomes.”

    At that point they’ll dismiss the entire report, and mentally log it as confirmation of their views. So far from persuading them, you’ve made the situation worse. It is imperative that reports like this bend over backwards to the point of tedious repetition in stating that similar groups were observed. And for FSM’s sake, make it the very first thing readers of the report will see. Those that reacted as I outlined above, and I guarantee you its a huge proportion, will read no further.

  • Pen

    @1 – Kalli – and were you actually more likely to be carrying contraband when you ‘looked shady’? It’s a massive problem that the cops are going around using people’s appearance and dress as a a cause for suspicion, only aggravated by the fact that the bunch of clueless jerks clearly think black = suspicious by default. FWIW I feel pretty sure that the white suit-wearing middle classes feel safe toting a few recreational drugs around. It’s really weird though. They’re automatically ‘respectable’ so it doesn’t appear to matter if they’re playing fast and loose with a detail of the law, so long as they’re not obviously harming anyone. Nobody will admit to thinking like that when it’s laid out for them, but they act as though they thought it, particularly the cops.

  • eric

    Yeah, my area used to have a lot more sobriety check points on Fri-Sat nights. But I haven’t seen one in a bunch of years. I’m guessing that one reason they disappeard is processes like that (where all drivers are stopped and given a reasonably objective test, rather than a subjective one) result in a lot more white upper class arrests, both in terms of absolute numbers and in percentages…and the politicos don’t like that at all.

    I never really liked the check points as I thought they were too damn authoritarian. But at least they were relatively even-handed.

  • caseloweraz

    Modusoperandi: I had a similar experience. I solved it by stopping being black.

    Congratulations. Too bad you chose to look so much like a white bankster (e.g. Bernie Madoff).

    :)