Driving while black in Missouri is perilous. Will these changes reduce racial profiling?

For nearly two decades, law enforcement agencies in Missouri have been required to collect racial profiling data to combat unfair treatment of minorities by police.

But the state’s appalling record on racial disparities in vehicle stops has only continued to worsen during the last 18 years. Last year, black drivers in Missouri were 91% more likely to be pulled over than white motorists — a finding so outrageous that it should compel state officials to immediately enact sweeping reforms.

Now, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt plans to make changes to the way vehicle stop data is collected. But will the adjustments actually reduce racial profiling of minority drivers?