A large-scale analysis of racial disparities in police stops across the United States

@article{Pierson2020ALA,
  title={A large-scale analysis of racial disparities in police stops across the United States},
  author={Emma Pierson and Camelia Simoiu and Jan Overgoor and Sam Corbett-Davies and Daniel Jenson and Amy Shoemaker and Vignesh Ramachandran and Phoebe Barghouty and Cheryl Phillips and Ravi Shroff and Sharad Goel},
  journal={Nature Human Behaviour},
  year={2020},
  pages={1-10}
}
We assessed racial disparities in policing in the United States by compiling and analysing a dataset detailing nearly 100 million traffic stops conducted across the country. We found that black drivers were less likely to be stopped after sunset, when a ‘veil of darkness’ masks one’s race, suggesting bias in stop decisions. Furthermore, by examining the rate at which stopped drivers were searched and the likelihood that searches turned up contraband, we found evidence that the bar for searching… 

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