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Ferguson among 16 police agencies which failed to report racial disparity data to state

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Sixteen Missouri police departments, including the Ferguson Police Department, failed to file required 2014 traffic stop racial disparity data with the state.


In a news release Tuesday, Attorney General Chris Koster announced that the 16 departments, which also included Wellston and New Melle in the St. Louis area, failed to submit their data by the March 1 deadline.  Koster said he is required by law to compile the data and report it to Governor Nixon no later than June 1 of each year.


“I'm concerned that after receiving four notices, these departments have neglected their responsibilities under state law,” Koster said in a statement. “The annual vehicle stops report, which provides racial disparity data relating to law enforcement traffic stops, is a valuable tool for citizens and policy makers. The failure to submit the required data raises questions about the attentiveness of a department as to this important issue.” 


In addition to the local police departments, Claycomo, Camden Point, Crystal Lakes, East Lynne, Edgerton, Edina, Bates City, Camden, Deepwater, Hurley, Lilbourn, Morley and Naylor also failed to supply the information.


Governor Nixon may withhold any state funds appropriated to non-compliant law enforcement agencies, according to the law.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Sixteen Missouri police departments, including the Ferguson Police Department, failed to file required 2014 traffic stop racial disparity data with the state.


In a news release Tuesday, Attorney General Chris Koster announced that the 16 departments, which also included Wellston and New Melle in the St. Louis area, failed to submit their data by the March 1 deadline. Koster said he is required by law to compile the data and report it to Governor Nixon no later than June 1 of each year.


“I'm concerned that after receiving four notices, these departments have neglected their responsibilities under state law,” Koster said in a statement. “The annual vehicle stops report, which provides racial disparity data relating to law enforcement traffic stops, is a valuable tool for citizens and policy makers. The failure to submit the required data raises questions about the attentiveness of a department as to this important issue.”


In addition to the local police departments, Claycomo, Camden Point, Crystal Lakes, East Lynne, Edgerton, Edina, Bates City, Camden, Deepwater, Hurley, Lilbourn, Morley and Naylor also failed to supply the information.


Governor Nixon may withhold any state funds appropriated to non-compliant law enforcement agencies, according to the law.


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