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  • Data compares traffic stops to the race of the driver

  • Nebraska traffic stop data does not indicate racial profiling, according to data released by the Nebraska Crime Commission.The Crime Commission has received 15 reports alleging racial profiling from three agencies, but none have been confirmed."In the 15 instances the officer was exonerated or the allegations ...
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  • Nebraska traffic stop data does not indicate racial profiling, according to data released by the Nebraska Crime Commission.
    The Crime Commission has received 15 reports alleging racial profiling from three agencies, but none have been confirmed.
    "In the 15 instances the officer was exonerated or the allegations were deemed unsubstantiated," said Michael Behm of the Crime Commission.
    Traffic data covers 505,481 stops for 2012.
           Race            %pop.  %stops
    • Asian         1.8        1.3
    • Black          4          5.9
    • Hispanic     7.2        7.2
    • Native        .7          .7
    • Other        1           1.9
    • White         85        83
    Data reported describes the race of the driver, the reason for the stop, the primary disposition or outcome of the stop, and whether or not searches were conducted.
    Of the total traffic stops reported, over two thirds were by the Nebraska State Patrol or agencies in Douglas, Lancaster and Sarpy counties.
    Overall, almost 44 percent of the stops made statewide were by the patrol.
    The Omaha Police Department, Lincoln Police Department and the Nebraska State Patrol accounted for 72 percent of stops.
    The breakdown of types of stops and related data by race has stayed relatively consistent throughout the reported years, with certain variations showing in searches and the dispositions of stops.

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