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Title: Racial Profiling Study and Services: A Multijurisdictional Assessment of Traffic Enforcement and Data Collection in Kansas
Corporate Author: Police Foundation
United States of America
Date Published: February 2003
Page Count: 182
Sponsoring Agency: Police Foundation
Washington, DC 20036
Sale Source: Police Foundation
1201 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document assesses racial profiling for more than one minority group in Kansas.
Abstract: The study represents a multi-jurisdictional assessment of racial profiling by examining 10 different law enforcement agencies throughout the State. The original study plan was modified in time and in methodology due to the fact that most agencies did not collect information on stops, or did not uniformly or consistently collect such information. Comparisons were made between data collected from traffic stops and the appropriate benchmark of the motoring population in various locations. Due to its prevalence throughout the State, the Kansas Highway Patrol was selected for inclusion. Overland Park was selected because it already had obtained stop data that could be used and thus was chosen as the pilot site for the study. The other eight agencies were randomly selected from within small, medium, and large agencies State-wide. The results demonstrate that Kansas was experiencing profiling of Hispanic and Black motorists. While evidence of this was not apparent in all jurisdictions, seven assessed agencies had evidence of at least one of these two groups being targeted by police in traffic stops. In three of the seven jurisdictions, evidence of profiling of both Hispanic and Blacks was present. All 10 agencies assessed were asked for alternative explanations that were considered in interpreting findings of profiling. There was no evidence that supports the assertion that members of minority groups are more likely to violate traffic laws. Other findings are the higher proportion of young drivers that are stopped by police, and the sometimes-defensive posture of law enforcement in examining profiling. 64 tables, 14 maps, 69 footnotes, 9 references, appendix
Main Term(s): Police-minority relations; Racial discrimination
Index Term(s): Community relations; Ethnic groups; Minorities; Police research; Race relations; Target groups
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