New data show that Connecticut police pull over black and Hispanic drivers at disproportionate rates, reports the Associated Press. In the nearly 304,000 traffic stops made by police statewide from October to April, 14 percent of the drivers were black and nearly 12 percent were Hispanic. According to census figures, nearly 8 percent of Connecticut residents who are old enough to drive are black and 9.7 percent are Hispanic.
Police pulled over about 256,800 white motorists during the same time period, representing 84.5 percent of all traffic stops. Whites 16 and older comprise about 84 percent of the state population. The numbers were compiled by researchers at Central Connecticut State University under a revamped state law designed to prevent racial profiling by police. A new computer system went live in November and began collecting a wide range of traffic stop data from all 106 police agencies in the state, including the race, ethnicity and sex of drivers, the reason for the stop and any enforcement actions taken.