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Report: black drivers more likely to get stopped in Missouri

Missouri’s top law enforcer says the disparity between the number of black drivers pulled over last year, compared to white motorists who were stopped, was the highest since 2000.

Attorney General Chris Koster says the state’s African-American drivers were 75 percent more likely than their white counterparts to be stopped on Missouri’s roads based on their proportionate share of the driving-age population.

Koster says that disparity is the highest since the state’s data collection began in 2000.

ABC News looked through the data and found most law enforcement agencies in Mid Missouri pull over more black people than white.

Statistics show that black drivers are 232% more likely to be pulled over than a white person is by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

In Columbia black drivers are 175% more likely to be pulled over by a CPD officer than a white person is.

In Jefferson City black people are 46% more likely to get pulled over than white people, and in Cole County white people are 4% more likely than black.

The report is Missouri’s first released since the racial uproar that followed last August’s police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Koster’s report shows that black drivers were pulled over in Ferguson at a lower rate than the statewide average.

Read about the numbers from each department here.

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