Report: Minority drivers stopped at disproportionate rates


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A new report says black and Hispanic drivers in Connecticut continue to be stopped by police at disproportionately high rates and are treated more harshly than whites in many cases after being pulled over.

The report prepared by analysts at Central Connecticut State University was released Tuesday. It examined about 542,000 traffic stops made by state and local police officers in 2017.

About 16% of drivers stopped were black, while 9% of the state’s driving age population is black. Hispanics comprised about 14% of motorists stopped and about 12% of the driving age population. The percentage of minority drivers stopped by police was slightly higher than in previous years.

Minorities were less likely than whites to receive warnings for vehicle equipment violations and more likely to have their vehicles searched.

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