Groups seek meeting with Missouri AG over profiling report

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – At least eight civil rights advocacy groups want to meet with Missouri’s top law enforcer to discuss his office’s latest findings that black drivers are 75 percent more likely to be stopped in the state than white drivers.

Attorney General Chris Koster released a yearly report Monday showing that the racial disparity in traffic stops involving blacks and whites surged to its highest level since the state began compiling data 15 years ago.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports groups including the Organization for Black Struggle, the Don’t Shoot Coalition and Empower Missouri are calling on Koster to bring experts together to discuss best ways to combat racial profiling.

Monday’s report was Missouri’s first since the racial unrest that followed last summer’s Ferguson police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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