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Statewide: Racial disparities in police traffic stops

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Twenty years after Illinois began requiring police departments track the race of drivers in traffic stops, the data shows the effort to reduce racial disparities has failed to live up to its promise.

WBEZ and the Investigative Project on Race and Equity compiled and analyzed two decade’s worth of traffic stop data collected under the law – 42.5 million records from more than 1,000 jurisdictions across Illinois – interviewed experts and reviewed public records.

Hear more about the findings.


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