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October 24, 2014, 8:30 am
970 WMAY News

Black Drivers' Cars Disproportionately Towed In Springfield

Springfield police say there is no policy targeting any one group over another when it comes to the towing and impounding of vehicles. 


Numbers sought by reporter Calvin Christian as part of his legal battle with the city over towing show cars with black drivers are towed more often than those of white drivers.  Since 2010, the city has towed more than 3,000 vehicles driven by blacks… compared to fewer than 2,500 with white drivers.  That’s a 54-percent rate… even though blacks make up less than 20-percent of the city’s population. 


Deputy police chief Dennis Arnold says cars are towed when circumstances warrant, and not for any other reason.

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