A new study by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois supports what has long been suspected: that there is a racial disparity in Chicago traffic stops that disproportionately affects Black drivers.
The study is based on an analysis of 100,676 traffic stops conducted by the Chicago Police Department in 2013. It found that Black people, who make up about a third of the Windy City’s population, made up about 46 percent of the traffic stops. White people are about 32 percent of the city’ s population and comprised about 27 percent of the police stops. Yet, police officers found narcotics and other contraband at a higher rate in vehicles driven by the Whites they stopped.
Interestingly, Hispanics, who are 29 percent of Chicago’s population, made up only 22 percent of stops. However, like Black people, Hispanics were more likely than Whites to have their vehicles searched during such stops.
The study also notes that Blacks were stopped by police more often in neighborhoods…
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