HPD study: More black motorists get pulled over
POSTED: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 2:53am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 7:42am
But experts say high crime rates, not racial profiling, drive patrol patterns
Houston — Houston police say race plays no part in who they stop on the road, but a long-standing trend of more black residents being stopped than any other racial or ethnic group continued in 2010, according to HPD's most recent analysis of its racial profiling data.
In 2010, black residents represented 33 percent of the 494,000 people stopped by Houston police, while the city's black population last year was 23 percent, according to the most recent census. The percentage of Hispanics stopped last year was 32; white, 30.
The city's nearly 1 million Hispanics — 44 percent of the population — are now the largest racial or ethnic group in Houston.
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