CHICAGO (CBS) — An analysis by the American Civil Liberties Union has revealed African-American drivers bear an undue burden of traffic stops in Chicago.
ACLU senior attorney Adam Schwartz said Chicago Police Department statistics showed African-Americans made 46 percent of all traffic stops in the city in 2013, although they represent 32 percent of the population. The disparity was even greater in police districts where the majority of the population is white.READ MORE: Mayor Lightfoot Delays General Iron Permit To Move To South Side Over EPA Concerns
“For example, the Near Northwest police district – which is majority white – while African-Americans are only, I think, 9 percent of the population, they are 18 percent of the traffic stops; a factor of two,” Schwartz said.
The analysis also showed black and Hispanic motorists are more likely to be searched after a traffic stop, even though white drivers are more often found carrying contraband.READ MORE: Chicago Night Clubs Gear Up For Looser COVID-19 Restrictions As State Prepares To Enter Bridge Phase
“We think that it is very troubling that African-American motorists are far more likely to be stopped than white motorists; and that African-American and Hispanic motorists are far more likely to be searched than white motorists,” Schwartz said.