HPD study: More black motorists get pulled over

HPD study: More black motorists get pulled over

POSTED: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 1:53am

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 6:42am

But experts say high crime rates, not racial profiling, drive patrol patterns

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.

To read more on this story, head to The Houston Chronicle's website: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7556103.html

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This is an easy one to understand, even if most refuse to see the forest. Since the 1965 Civil Rights act, blacks have been told time and again that they are entitled to special treatment, and in many instances, immune to laws that affect others; especially whites.
How could it not be expected that the attitude developed from being constantly reminded of their special status would not seep over into their driving habits?

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