BJS: Black Drivers Less Likely to Trust Police Stops


Black drivers were more likely than white and Hispanic drivers to be pulled over by police in 2011 and were less likely to believe the police behaved properly during the encounter, according to a report released today by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS).

About 13 percent of black drivers reported being pulled over, compared to 10 percent for both white and Hispanic drivers.

The finding are based on the Police-Public Contact Survey (PPCS), which asked a national sample of residents age 16 or older about experiences with police during the prior 12 months.

While about 80 percent of drivers believed they were stopped for legitimate reasons, but “a smaller percentage of black drivers (67 percent) than Hispanic (74 percent) and white (84 percent) drivers believed the reason for the stop was legitimate,” according to the report.

Less than one percent of respondents reported experiencing street stops, but these interactions were more likely to involve searches or frisking by police. About 19 percent of street stop included searches or frisking, compared to 3 percent of traffic stops.

A majority of respondents who report being searched or frisked did not believe the police had a legitimate reason for the search, according to the report.

Read the full report HERE.

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