FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The police departments in Norwalk and Trumbull have been flagged for possible racial profiling in a report that examined nearly 600,000 traffic stops across the state, according to the Connecticut Post.
The report, issued by the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project, looks for disparities between the share of ethnic minorities among those stopped by police and the share in the municipal population as a whole, the Connecticut Post said.
The report noted that Trumbull police stopped minority drivers 38 percent of the time, although minorities represent just 10 percent of the town population. In addition, more than 42 percent of Norwalk’s traffic stops involved minorities, yet blacks and Hispanics account for 37 percent of Norwalk’s population, the Connecticut Post reported.
The Connecticut State Police stopped motorists at a ratio of 208 stops for every 1,000 state residents over 16. Traffic stop data from Norwalk and Trumbull, along with seven other departments in the state, will be reviewed during an in-depth follow-up analysis by the profiling project, the report said.
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