A new study led by Scott Decker, a Foundation Professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, has analyzed data on police stops by 622 of 699 law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Missouri.
Professor Decker’s analysis found that in 2014 police officers were 75 percent more likely to stop Black drivers than White drivers. Black drivers who were stopped were 73 percent more likely to be searched by police than White drivers who were stopped by police.
For drivers who were searched, police found illegal items in the possession of 27 percent of Whites but only 21 percent of Blacks. Thus, Black drivers were more likely to be stopped, more likely to be searched, but less likely to be found with illegal items compared to White drivers.