MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A public defender’s study shows that Black drivers accounted for nearly 80% of police searches and routine traffic stops in predominantly white Minneapolis.
The Star Tribune reported the study from June 2019 to May 2020 found Black drivers are more often searched when pulled over during equipment or moving violations, with 26% of those searches resulting in arrest.READ MORE: Timeline: Events Since George Floyd's Arrest, Murder On May 25, 2020
A public defender from Hennepin County compiled and analyzed one year of traffic data and race in Minneapolis with a goal to quantify a metric of racial inequality in Minneapolis policing.READ MORE: Kyle Quinn, 31, Killed In St. Paul's 3rd Homicide Of The Year; Suspect Arrested
The chief public defender’s goal is end “pretext stops” where officers use minor traffic offenses as an opening to investigate a driver for contraband or other crimes.MORE NEWS: COVID In Minnesota: 78 More Deaths Reported; Rolling Positivity Rate Still Reaching New Highs
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