Black Drivers 77 Percent More Likely to be Stopped and Searched by Police in North Carolina

Black Drivers 77 Percent More Likely to be Stopped and Searched by Police in North Carolina
October 01 07:18 2013 Print This Article

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A recent study of  North Carolina traffic stops showed extreme bias among police officers. In fact, black drivers are 77 percent more likely to be stopped and searched by police in North Caroline than their white counterparts. What is even more striking is that the data represents a large swath of the state; 13.2 million North Carolina traffic stops, involving 13.5 million drivers and passengers over the span of a decade.

“Those numbers speak for themselves”, said UNC political scientist Frank R. Baumgartner, who analyzed the data.

In 1999 North Carolina passed a law forcing law enforcement to collect racial data on police traffic stops.

Based on the data, “30 percent of the traffic stops involved blacks, 21.5 percent whites, 7.92 percent Hispanics. 4.86 percent of blacks’ stops led to searches; 2.74 percent of whites’, 5.39 percent of Hispanics. 4.5 percent of blacks’ stops led to arrests, 2.8 percent of whites’, 5.93 of Hispanics.”

“A 77 percent greater likelihood of being searched is a pretty significant difference,” Baumgartner said during an interview with the News Observer.

This is even more striking when you consider that whites comprised 68.5 percent of the state’s population in 2010, blacks 21.5 percent and Hispanics  only 7.92.

Baumgartner says those numbers, taken together, indicate that blacks are far more likely to be stopped by the cops than whites. Durham Mayor Bill Bell has agreed to look into the allegations of racial profiling.

“We just need to get a handle on it,” Bell said last week. “If there’s truth to it, deal with it. If there’s not any truth to it, deal with that.”

Even though the evidence is clear, some say North Carolina has a culture of racism, which includes several incidents of police racism and discrimination in hiring at the department over the years.

The information has also been submitted to the Attorney General who is looking into making recommendations.

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MichelleSujai
MichelleSujai

My sister who is very fair in complexion was driving thru NC with her Nigerian boyfriend going to Georgia. They stopped to get something to eat in a small town & as they left a police officer stopped them & said, "You are a little too light to be riding with someone so dark.' They did not get a ticket & he let them go. Was that racial profiling in North Carolina?

BigWood
BigWood

Could the absence of comments indicate that Black people in North Carolina have learned to accept this practice??

Talethia
Talethia

@BigWood yes sadly this is the case. I have lived in NC all of my life and this is what I am forced to deal with. Trying to move out of this state asap