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    Re: Missouri Reports Wide Racial Disparity in Traffic Stops

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    The quote being...?
    Figures. No sense in reading the article, right?

    Scott H. Decker, a criminology professor at Arizona State University who was the lead analyst for the report, said it was too difficult to draw conclusions on things like racial bias because the numbers do not control for things like the racial composition of the motorists driving through a particular municipality or whether the city is on a highway. But with 15 years of data, he said it was worth exploring the findings more closely to see if patterns emerged.
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    Kenneth J. Novak, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, said it was difficult to interpret disparity data without knowing where the police were deploying their resources. When the police presence is greater in places with high proportions of African-Americans, that most likely would lead to blacks having more interactions with the police, he wrote in an email.

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    Re: Missouri Reports Wide Racial Disparity in Traffic Stops

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
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    Perhaps the "problem area" is being misidentified?
    So the article says blacks were found to have contraband 21% of the time. Does that mean blacks should no longer be stopped?

    What is the purpose of this article other than to show blacks are found with contraband 21% of the time and in a heavily black area, that is a lot of instances.

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    Re: Missouri Reports Wide Racial Disparity in Traffic Stops

    Quote Originally Posted by JANFU View Post
    Not very relevant comparing likely hood of getting stopped to finding contraband-thats not why most people are stopped (randomly to search vehicles).

    More relevant would be a comparison between getting stopped and for behavior that would get one pulled over.

    IIRC they did a study in new jersey that found blacks were more likely to speed.

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