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Missouri Traffic Stops Decline in 2020 but Racial Inequalities Continue

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An annual statewide report shows the number of people pulled over and then arrested in Missouri dropped significantly in 2020 but racial inequalities continue.

It says the pullover rate declining by 24-percent and the arrest rate declining by 40-percent are very likely due to the pandemic. However, Black drivers were 71-percent more likely to be pulled over than white drivers and 25-percent more likely to be arrested in 2020. Those percentages improved from 2019 when Black drivers were 95-percent more likely to be pulled over by Missouri law enforcement and 36-percent more likely to be arrested.

The report is compiled by the Missouri Attorney General’s Office.

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