Oregon Traffic Stop Data Shows Largest Disparity At Portland, Hillsboro Police

Among most of the largest law enforcement agencies in Oregon, there was little evidence of racial or ethnic disparity for drivers who faced traffic stops by police, according to a first-of-its-kind state report.

However, the report did find the Portland Police Bureau and the Hillsboro Police Department had some of the most significant issues. Those departments had the largest disparities with how they treated black and Hispanic drivers after a traffic stop occurred, according to the report.

There were also smaller disparities with how Oregon State Police, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department, the Salem Police Department, and the Marion County Sheriff’s Department cited Hispanic drivers, the report found. Beaverton Police searched and arrested Hispanic drivers at slightly more than expected, the report found.