Missouri’s Attorney General just released a report that finds that black drivers are 91% more likely to be pulled over by police than white drivers. The report also revealed that black residents living within St. Louis County were twice as likely to be pulled over than their white neighbors.
In Blue Springs, a city near Kansas City, where 97% of residents are white, black motorists are 275% more likely to be stopped by police. The report comes five years after the police shooting death of Ferguson resident Michael Brown.
Missouri sheriff officials released a statement saying “law enforcement has no tolerance for racial bias in policing.” Advocacy groups are calling for more communication between black communities and the police. One Republican lawmaker called the report’s data “a crisis.”