Report: Reduction in Racial Disparities in Police Traffic Stops

December 06, 2018 - 3:27 pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTIC) - State researchers say there has been a reduction in racial disparities in police traffic stops in Connecticut. 

The new findings came from 2017 data that will be part of an annual state-mandated report. 

Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition project manager Ken Barone says traffic enforcement is decreasing in general. 

"We're also seeing that over the course of the last five years, awareness of this project and education on what causes racial disparities in traffic stops are having an impact on the way that police patrol our streets throughout the state," Barone explained. 

Barone adds they have seen fewer of what they deem "pretext stops," which include low-level equipment related violations and administrative offenses, which in the past tended to be a big driver of racial disparities.