Groups call for statewide summit after traffic stop data release - KMOV.com

Groups call for statewide summit after traffic stop data released; ACLU to hold news conference

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Several groups are calling for a statewide summit after Attorney General Chris Koster released a report Monday that showed black drivers were 75 percent more likely than white drivers to be stopped by police.

The ACLU of Missouri, Anti-Defamation League, Don't Shoot Coalition and more will come together to take action one day after the report was released.

Koster's report showed the disparity between black and white drivers is the worst it has been in 15 years. The worst spot in the St. Louis area was Laude, where African-American drivers were more than 16 times more likely to be pulled over. The report does not provide an explanation for the disparity.

The collation plans to make recommendations for actions that can improve safety for police officers and community members.

The groups will meet inside the parlor of the First Congregational Church on Wydown at 10:30 a.m.

Over the past several months, News 4's Craig Cheatham has been working to uncover ticket practices throughout the St. Louis area. Cheatham investigated police Bellefonataine Neighbors after reports of ticket quotes surfaced. He also did a ride along with the Creve Coeur Police Department after they were accused of pulling over more black than white drivers. In early May, Cheatham talked to the Ladue Police Chief after he alleged he was ordered to profile black motorists.


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