Racial gaps continue in St. Louis County police traffic stops, use of force, report say

March 17, 2021

By Erin Heffernan

From the article: "Three years of St. Louis County Police data show racial gaps persist in the department’s traffic stops and use of force, according to a report released Tuesday from the Center for Policing Equity.

The center, a nonprofit research group based at the University of California-Los Angeles that specializes in measuring bias in policing, analyzed the county department’s work from 2016 through 2018.

The nonprofit is funded by donations. It reviewed the department at no cost to taxpayers.

One of the authors of the study, Michael Burbank with the Center for Policing Equity, presented the findings to the county Board of Police Commissioners on Tuesday.

“Racial disparities are not wholly attributable to law enforcement,” Burbank told the board, noting that poverty, crime and other factors could play a role. The commissioners listened to the summary without comment..."

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