After state of Missouri report finds racial disparity in traffic stops, advocates and lawmakers call for change

Racial tension between law enforcement and the black community is high.

In 2000, the Missouri legislature passed a statute that requires all law enforcement officers to report a driver’s race for every traffic stop to the attorney general’s office. That statute came about because of allegations of racial profiling from concerned citizens.

For almost 20 years, we’ve had the information, but now lawmakers, civil rights and criminal justice advocates, mothers and musicians are saying it’s time we do something with those numbers.

The 2017 Missouri Vehicle Stops report says black drivers were 85 percent more likely to be pulled over than white drivers, even though they make up less of the driving population.