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Report: Bias seen in Illinois police search data

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 11:23 p.m. CST

CHICAGO – A new report finds signs of racial bias in data collected about police searches during traffic stops in Illinois.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois released the report Wednesday.

It suggests police are nearly twice as likely to ask blacks and Latino drivers to consent to vehicle searches during traffic stops than they are to ask whites. But white drivers are 49 percent more likely than blacks to have contraband found during such a search and 56 percent more likely when compared to Latinos.

The analysis is based on figures reported by law enforcement agencies during 2013 under the Illinois Traffic Stop Statistical Study Act.

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