Dallas Police Stop Blacks at Disproportionately High Rates, Traffic Stop Data Show

Dallas Police Stop Blacks at Disproportionately High Rates, Traffic Stop Data Show
Dallas Police Department

The news, at least as tweeted by the Dallas Police Department, is good. Of the more than 113,000 traffic stops performed by the department in 2014, only five resulted in racial profiling complaints being filed with DPD's Internal Affairs Division.

The raw data paints a murkier picture.

Of those 113,000 contacts, as DPD, calls them, 26.7 percent were made with whites, 36 percent with blacks and 34.8 percent with Hispanics. According to the American Community Survey's latest five-year estimates, Dallas is 29.3 percent white, 25.5 percent African American and 41.9 percent Hispanic.

Dallas Police Stop Blacks at Disproportionately High Rates, Traffic Stop Data Show
Dallas Police Department

The report also includes data showing the number of searches and arrests that result from traffic contacts. Twenty-two percent of people searched during traffic stops were white, 43.3 percent were black and 33.6 percent were Hispanic. Of those arrested as the result of a traffic stops, 21.3 percent were white, 43.5 percent were black and 34 percent were Hispanic.


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