This morning we share data and spin from the so-called paper of record that's becoming a strident detractor of public safety.
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The report, which covers the 2021 calendar year, was released last week by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. Across the state, the data show Black motorists accounted for 18% of all traffic stops. Missouri is 11.8% Black, according to the U.S. Census. Black and Hispanic drivers were searched 8.5% and 7.9% of the time, respectively, compared to 6.8% of white motorists . . .
The Kansas City Police Department recorded the most stops of any local agency with 42,190, though the rate at which drivers were stopped and the number of total searches was higher in many suburbs. Of those drivers, 13,766 — or roughly 33% — were Black. The city’s resident population is nearly 28% Black, accounting for a disparity index of 1.18 under the formula used in the report. Searches were conducted in Kansas City on cars driven by Black people at nearly twice the rate as white residents. During those searches contraband was discovered in vehicles at the same rate as all drivers, about 34% of the time. The department did not respond with a comment in time for publication.
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Racial disparities remain high in traffic stops in the Kansas City area and many parts of Missouri with Black drivers often more likely to be pulled over and searched by police, according to a new statewide report. The report, which covers the 2021 calendar year, was released last week by the Missouri Attorney General's Office.