SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — People are claiming racial profiling in traffic stops police made last year.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt released the 2018 vehicle stops report from 2018.
The report says people of color are pulled over more than white people. That’s relative to each races’ respective population.
The report includes the raw data broken down by race.
Many claim the report shows racial profiling by law enforcement, citing the disparity numbers of people of color compared to people that are white.
“A lot of times, there are reasons for that,” said Sheriff Brad Delay, with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure there are probably those in there that don’t need to be in this profession, but the vast majority of them, this is being done again to show that we are not racially profiling.”
The Springfield NAACP says the numbers from the report have launched leadership to start working with law enforcement to find solutions.