Washington State troopers are no more likely to stop a black motorist than a white one, says a new study from the Washington State Patrol reported by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. There is no evidence, whatsoever, that the State Patrol is engaged in racial profiling,” said Clayton Mosher, a professor with Washington State University in Pullman and a study author. Researchers working on behalf of the state analyzed more than 1.2 million traffic stops between Nov. 1, 2002, and June 30, 2004.
A survey in the study found a perception among minorities that troopers do profile the motorists they stop. Beginning in 2000, the State Patrol began collecting racial data to determine whether racial profiling was a problem that existed within its ranks. Researchers compared the race of those stopped by state troopers with the racial makeup of the populations that state troopers were most likely to meet — people involved in accidents and those who called for help. Even with that as the benchmark population, there were no disparities in who was stopped.