A new compilation finds that on some highways in Kansas, state troopers are three times more likely to pull over black and Hispanic drivers than white motorists. In Olathe and Overland Park, police were twice as likely to stop black drivers.
Those are among conclusions of a study commissioned three years ago by the Kansas Legislature to determine whether officers used racial profiling, the Kansas City Star reports.
Henry Gueary III, president of the Olathe chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said the study was “a good indication that racial profiling exists … throughout Kansas.” The study was conducted by the Washington, D.C.,-based Police Foundation.
“We are concerned about the findings in the report,” said Lt. John Eichkorn, spokesman for the Kansas Highway Patrol. “We hope the study will make us better.”