AUSTIN (AP) — An analysis of reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety says black drivers are consistently searched by troopers at a higher rate than white drivers.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that academics from the University of Texas and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill looked at DPS annual reports from between 2003 and 2014.
The analysis finds DPS consistently misinterpreted statistics showing the racial and ethnic breakdowns of the number of Texas drivers who have been subject to traffic stops. According to the analysis, white drivers are more likely to be released with only a warning than minority motorists.
The agency had published its annual numbers, indicating that DPS troopers treat motorists of different races equally.
DPS Director Steve McCraw said that he would be on board if lawmakers prefer that his agency change the way it analyzes traffic stops.
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