CHICAGO (CBS) — Three professors from the University of Kansas were scheduled to be in Chicago on Saturday, to receive an award for their book on the racial disparities in police stops across the nation.
Dr. Steven Maynard-Moody, director of the institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas, said he and his fellow researchers found no racial bias in normal traffic stops — in which the sole reason a driver is pulled over is an actual traffic violation — but they did find tremendous bias in so-called “investigatory traffic stops.”
“An investigatory stop is usually based on some pretext of a traffic violation, but instead of going 15 miles an hour over the speed limit, maybe you’re going 2 miles an hour over the speed limit. Or in one famous case, you paused too long at a stop sign,” he said.
Maynard-Moody authored a study called “Pulled Over: How Police Stops Define Race And Citizenship,” which found even though investigatory stops reveal more criminal behavior by non-black motorists by percentage of those stopped, African-American drivers were more likely to be the targets of such stops.