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Report: 'Substantial Race Disparities' in Traffic Stops in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield Police Department wants the public to know it's trying to be more fair when it comes to traffic stops.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield Police Department wants the public to know it's trying to be more fair when it comes to traffic stops.

On Tuesday, Chief Paul Williams released a report from Dr. Mike Stout, Missouri State University Professor of Sociology and Anthropology. 

Dr. Stout was called in as a third party to research 2011 police traffic stop data that showed African-Americans were disproportionately pulled over.

Statistics from 2012 showed the number of traffic stops involving African-Americans went down. And last year, all SPD officer completed training centered on diversity and bias-based policing issues.

Dr. Stout's findings were presented to representatives from the Springfield Chapter of the NAACP and the Springfield Police Department.

In a statement Tuesday, NAACP Springfield Chapter President Cheryl Clay said, "Chief Williams and SPD have demonstrated an ongoing good faith effort to address the NAACP and citizens' concerns regarding ethnic disparities in traffic stops. One must remember this report is from 2011 data. The numbers for Springfield did decrease in 2012. The NAACP Springfield chapter is committed to continuing this conversation and representing the ethnic minority community of Springfield."

Read the 2011 report above.
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