ACLU Report Finds Chicago Police Traffic Stops Jumped by 200K in 2018

The number of traffic stops made by Chicago police officers increased by more than 200,000 from 2017 to 2018, according to data analysis by the ACLU of Illinois.

Minority drivers were disproportionately impacted by the spike, the analysis shows.

The ACLU said it reviewed publicly available data on the Illinois Department of Transportation’s Traffic and Pedestrian Stop Study website and found that not only had traffic stops increased more than 70% from 2017 to 2018, but a whopping 86% of those 2018 stops involved a minority driver.

“Without CPD’s explanation, we can only infer that traffic stops simply became a substitute when problems with stop and frisk were made public,” Rachel Murphy, an ACLU of Illinois staff attorney, said in a statement.