Racial Profiling? A Multivariate Analysis of Police Traffic Stop Data

  title={Racial Profiling? A Multivariate Analysis of Police Traffic Stop Data},
  author={Michael R. Smith and Matthew Petrocelli},
  journal={Police Quarterly},
  pages={27 - 4}
Despite the significance of racial profiling as an issue of national concern, little empirical research exists on whether police traffic stop practices disproportionately impact minority drivers. Using data from 2,673 traffic stops conducted by the Richmond, Virginia, Police Department in 2000, this article explores the treatment by police of motorists of different races and ethnic backgrounds. Minority citizens in general, and African Americans in particular, were disproportionately stopped… 
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