Racial Disparities in Police Traffic Stops
To what extent do African Americans and white Americans experience the same America? How do policy choices shape those experiences, and what influences those choices? By focusing on racial disparities in traffic stop outcomes, our team seeks to study these questions. For the work I am involved with, see the projects below. For the broader project’s website see: http://www.unc.edu/~fbaum/traffic.htm.
Using information on over 20 million traffic stops, we explore: 1) the extent to which racial disparities in traffic stop outcomes exist in North Carolina; 2) their political sources; and 3) potential policy responses to disparities.
Baumgartner, Frank R., Leah Christiani, Derek A. Epp, Kevin Roach, and Kelsey Shoub. 2017. Racial Disparities in Traffic Stop Outcomes. Duke Forum for Law and Social Change, 9: 21-53.
Click here for a copy of the spreadsheet showing traffic stop statistics for over 600 yearly police agency results throughout the country, on which our study is based.
- Cops in Cook County among worst, huge study of traffic stops across U.S. finds, InjusticeWatch.org, by Sam Hart, February 28, 2017.
- Study reveals racial discrepancy in Evanston police searches following traffic stops, by David Fishman, The Daily Northwestern, March 7, 2017.
Baumgartner, Frank R., Derek A. Epp, Kelsey Shoub, and Bayard Love. 2017. Targeting Young Men of Color for Search and Arrest during Traffic Stops: Evidence from North Carolina, 2002-2013. Politics, Groups, and Identities. Vol. 5, No. 1: 107-131.
- Black Dignity Matters: Research shows that police do subject African Americans to much greater unwarranted scrutiny and harsher treatment, Reason.com, by Ronald Bailey, July 15, 2016
- Color-Conscious Drug Warriors Breed Mistrust: Two recent studies confirm anecdotal evidence of racial disparities in police treatment of drivers and pedestrians, Reason.com, by Jacob Sullum, August 1, 2016.
Frank Baumgartner, Leah Christiani, Derek A. Epp, Kevin Roach, and Kelsey Shoub. Assessing Racial Disparities in Traffic Stops . Paper to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, August 31-September 3, 2017.