Ferguson Police Department submits overdue traffic stop racial disparity report

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JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KTVI)- Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced late Tuesday that the Ferguson Police Department submitted their traffic stop data, 10 days after it was due to his office. Earlier in the day, the Attorney General’s Office had public ally announced Ferguson’s noncompliance.

Missouri law requires all state, county, and municipal law enforcement agencies to report specific information, including a driver’s race for each vehicle stop they make, by March 1 each year. The Attorney General compiles the data and sends it to the Governor by June 1.

Koster said his office sent four written notices over the last six months and called every law enforcement agency that had not yet submitted their data to remind them of their filing obligations. The Governor may withhold any state funds appropriated to noncompliant law enforcement agencies.

According to the AG Chris Koster’s office, other municipal police departments that have failed to provide their 2014 vehicle stops data include: Wellston, Claycomo, Camden Point, Crystal Lakes, East Lynne, Edgerton, Edina, Bates City, Camden, Deepwater, Hurley, Lilbourn, Morley and Naylor. Lockwood Police Department submitted an incomplete report.

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