The study looked at 542,000 traffic stops conducted by 107 law enforcement departments across Connecticut in 2017. Statewide, about 30 percent of drivers who were pulled over that year were minorities.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has announced he intends to make Connecticut the first state to participate in a national database aimed at identifying racial bias in policing.
Central Connecticut State University researchers released their third annual statewide report Thursday that identified seven Connecticut police departments for further study because of racial or ethnic disparities in their traffic stop patterns. The departments are Berlin, Monroe, Newtown, Norwich, Ridgefield, Darien and State Police Troop B in North Canaan.
ESPN analyst Doug Glanville used his own relatively innocuous dealing with a suburban cop last year to memorably explore how police interactions with minorities can go horribly wrong. In the intervening months, the issue has exploded after a series of deaths at the hands of police.
A white suburban police officer’s questioning of ESPN analyst Douglas Glanville for what was quickly and memorably labeled as “shoveling while black” in his Hartford driveway led the Connecticut House to a pass a bill Tuesday barring police from crossing city lines to enforce local ordinances.
The first advanced analysis of police traffic stops in Connecticut found significant racial disparities in three municipal departments and two State Police troops, with red flags raised in another dozen departments.
Black drivers were nearly twice as likely as white drivers to be stopped by police in Connecticut, and blacks stopped were twice as likely as whites to have their vehicles searched, according to a compilation of 360,000 traffic stops from Oct. 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014. A town-by-town report card will follow in January after analysis of a full year’s data, adjusted for local factors such as commuting patterns