African American drivers 69% more likely to be pulled over in Missouri

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - The annual report on traffic stops in Missouri shows African Americans are 69 percent more likely to be pulled over than white drivers. When an officer makes a stop in Missouri, they must write down the race of the person. The state then crunches the numbers, measuring the stops against a city's population.

Some critics say that if the city is predominately white, but people driving through it are not, the numbers could be misleading. Others say racial profiling is a problem no matter how the numbers are compiled.

The President of the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police says his agency is working with groups such as the ACLU to come up with the best way to collect data.