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A five year study revealed that black males are 20% more likely to be pulled by police officers in Durham.

The study was performed by RTI International and released on Thursday. The study examined 151,700 traffic stops between January 2010 and October 2015 by the department. The study also focused on the “veil of darkness” during traffic stops in order to study the racial distribution.  The “veil of darkness” applies the assumption of difficulty to determine the race of the driver during hours of darkness.

The research found that in traffic stops with male drivers, the odds of a stopped driver being black were 20 percent higher during daylight than times of darkness. The research also indicated that the racial disproportionality declined over the six-year period, with black male drivers most represented between 2010 and 2013.



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