For two decades now, the state of Illinois has tracked the racial makeup of traffic stops to make sure minorities aren’t being unfairly targeted.
The measure, introduced by then-Senator Barack Obama, was set to expire in 2019. Governor JB Pritzker has signed a new law that said the state will continue to track these numbers permanently.
Since 2014, a rising number of minorities are getting pulled over statewide.
“In terms of the NAACP, we receive a lot of calls where people say that they were stopped and they didn’t do anything wrong,” NAACP State President Teresa Haley said. “And when they questioned the officer why they were being stopped, that lead to something else.”