Traffic stop study shows progress being made

Posted at 11:18 AM, Jun 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-25 13:18:44-04

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    HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) — On Tuesday, the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP) released its annual analysis of police traffic stop data.

It’s the fourth report that has been released, and looked at 540,000 traffic stops conducted during the 2017 calendar year.

This recent report also looked at police departments identified as having “significant racial and ethnic disparities.”

The report said in Connecticut, 16 percent of drivers who were stopped were black, and 14 percent were Hispanic.

“For the first time, the analysis did not indicate that stopped motorists were any more likely to be from non-white groups in daylight hours when a driver’s race and ethnicity if more visible. However, the results did show that large and statistically significant disparities remain in terms of how non-white drivers are treated following a traffic stop,” the report said.

Four municipal police departments and two state police troops were also identified as having a “statistically significant disparity in the conditional probability of a minority motorist being stopped in each respective jurisdiction.”

The report said an in-depth analysis should be considered at the Derby police dept., Fairfield, and Troop K, which is located in Colchester.

Also noted in the report, were police departments in Meriden, Wethersfield and Troop C, located in Tolland, which were identified with racial and ethnic disparities. Those departments were noted in previous studies as well.

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