Questions about racial disparities in traffic stops aren’t limited to just Springfield.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois says a review of data around the state shows widespread evidence of cultural and racial bias.
That data finds that among drivers who are pulled over… blacks and Hispanics are far more likely to be asked to allow police to search their vehicles, even though white drivers are more likely to have illegal contraband.
Ed Yohnka of the ACLU thinks white drivers’ vehicles are searched when there is probable cause… but minority drivers are more likely to be the subject of “fishing expeditions.”
He wants an end to so-called “consent searches.”