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Last year, a Durham Human Relations Commission report concluded that city police, either consciously or unconsciously, engaged in racial profiling. As the result of those findings—which DPD disputed—and other recommendations to increase transparency, the department is tracking more fine-grained data to determine if racial bias is occurring in traffic stops.

For example, officers who stop at least 25 vehicles and have at least a 75 percent stop rate for minorities are given additional scrutiny, including location, time, enforcement action and random reviews of in-car camera video.

Of the DPD's 512 officers, 21 had a stop rate that triggered further analysis. According to a DPD vehicle-stop summary, 16 of those officers worked in either District 1 or District 4, which, according to census data, have high minority populations.

The FADE Coalition and other groups critical of DPD point out that the percentage of black drivers stopped (nearly 60 percent) is disproportionate to the city's overall black population (40 percent).

However, DPD countered that racial bias does not contribute to traffic stops, stating that "we show no evidence of unexplainable disparities of stops, with officers stopping vehicles consistent with the demographics and crime statistics of their assignments."

21,939

Number of traffic stops by Durham Police in 2014

58.7%

of drivers stopped who were black

38.5%

who were white

2,035

Number of people, both drivers and passengers, who were searched

2.6%

of traffic stops involving black drivers resulting in consent searches*

1%

of traffic stops involving white drivers resulting in consent searches

69

Number of drivers granting consent

22

Number of drivers denying it

28.8%

of all searches resulting in contraband being found

10.9%

of consent searches that did

45.6%

of probable-cause searches that found contraband

51%

of the time that whites received citations when stopped

41%

of the time that blacks did

59%

of the time that Hispanics did

*Since October, DPD officers have been required to get written consent for searches.

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by smartalex1972 on In Durham, Fewer Stops and Searches and Pot Arrests, But Still Racial Disparities (Durham County)

Well, why don't we paint their faces white, then all crime would be solved - correct?

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The reason there are racial disparities in criminal charges is because blacks and Latinos engage in more criminality than whites

by smartalex1972 on In Durham, Fewer Stops and Searches and Pot Arrests, But Still Racial Disparities (Durham County)

Well, why don't we paint their faces white, then all crime would be solved - correct?

by Barbara 2 on In Durham, Fewer Stops and Searches and Pot Arrests, But Still Racial Disparities (Durham County)

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by Chris Tiffany on In Durham, Fewer Stops and Searches and Pot Arrests, But Still Racial Disparities (Durham County)

If the DPD were entirely black,you would call them out if they stopped and arrested a black person. You leftist,liberals …

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