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Traffic stop study raises racial profiling questions

Karisa King and Kelly Guckian of the San Antonio Express-News analyzed 12 months' of traffic and pedestrian police stops, finding that "blacks were more than three times as likely as whites to face certain types of police searches. Yet police found contraband in the searches at about the same rate for both races, a finding that civil rights groups said shows the disparate treatment was unwarranted." The data, from 2002, show that "San Antonio police stop minority and white drivers at rates that are roughly similar to their share of the population."

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