NBC News just released a story about police racial profiling of drivers. The story concerns a national study done by the Stanford Open Policing Project, who released their traffic stop data to NBC. The sample size:
Nearly 100 million stops over 21 states and 29 municipal police departments from 2011 to 2017
The search rate is roughly twice as high for Black and Latino drivers than for White drivers. The searches are for contraband and drugs. However, the rate at which these searches actually turn up contraband or drugs is higher for White drivers (36%) than Black drivers (32%) and far higher than for Latino drivers (26%).
At least one police department has said that the study doesn’t account for what neighborhood searches are done in, though this objection doesn’t account for one other finding:
The difference between Black and White stops is 5-10% lower at night when the race of the driver can’t be identified.
In a sample this size, there’s no way around that finding.
We knew this already, but we’ve seen a lot of people say “Prove it,” that anecdotal evidence isn’t enough. (Even though there is one Hell of a lot of anecdotal evidence, which anyone who spoke with any frequency to both minority and White males would find unavoidable.)
Here it is in numbers. There’s documented widespread racial differences in traffic searches that are completely contraindicated by the success rates of these searches. In other words, if profiling were to be done justifiably, the numbers clearly indicate that it is White drivers who should be profiled.