Re­port: Lin­coln po­lice in­creas­ingly pull over black driv­ers

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - As­so­ci­ated Press

LIN­COLN, Neb. - A re­port from the Ne­braska Crime Commission says that the dis­pro­por­tion­ate per­cent­age of black driv­ers pulled over by Lin­coln po­lice has climbed over the last five years even as po­lice of­fi­cials gave more at­ten­tion to the prob­lem. The Lin­coln Jour­nal Star re­ports that black driv­ers ac­counted for about one in ev­ery 10 mo­torists pulled over last year even though African Amer­i­cans only ac­counted for a lit­tle over 4 per­cent of the city's pop­u­la­tion. The re­port re­leased in March high­lights the racial dis­par­i­ties among traf­fic stops for agen­cies like the Lin­coln Po­lice De­part­ment but doesn't give an ex­pla­na­tion be­hind them. Po­lice of­fi­cials deny racial pro­fil­ing drives the dis­par­ity. The commission has been track­ing data on racial break­downs of traf­fic stops and the re­sults since 2001.

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