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Report: DPS Reporting on Race and Traffic Stops is Flawed

Black drivers stopped by the Texas Department of Public Safety are more likely to be searched than white drivers. And white drivers are more likely to be released with a warning. That’s according to an analysis of DPS data on its traffic stops from 2003 to 2014. The Austin American-Statesman reported late last month (Nov. […]

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Black drivers stopped by the Texas Department of Public Safety are more likely to be searched than white drivers. And white drivers are more likely to be released with a warning. That's according to an analysis of DPS data on its traffic stops from 2003 to 2014.

The Austin American-Statesman reported late last month (Nov. 22, 2015) that researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Texas scoured the law enforcement agency's annual reports from the last decade. They say DPS treats motorists unfairly based on race, contrary to agency claims over the years to the contrary. And the researchers say the data is flawed that DPS uses to show how it treats different demographics.

To take a closer look at the report, we talk with Eric Dexheimer and Jeremy Schwartz of The Austin American-Statesman.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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