Racial equity report shows gains and lapses in Iowa City

owa City Police say they’re pleased with some of the numbers in a Racial Equity Report released this month but know there’s more work to do.

The city has been collecting data on traffic stops in Iowa City for about two decades. In 2017, minority drivers were more than twice as likely to be pulled over. In 2018, that number dipped to around 1.5 times as likely.

Data released this month shows traffic stops for black male drivers increased 26% from 2014 to 2018.

“At the end of the day, we want the disparity and that disproportionality to stop completely,” Iowa City Police Chief Jody Matherly said.