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Racial disparities in traffic stop actions not improved by special directive

GREENSBORO, NC — In response to an article in the New York Times about racial disparities in Greensboro Police Department traffic stops, Greensboro police chief Wayne Scott issued a special directive in November of 2015 instructing officers not to pull over vehicles just for equipment infractions. Initial results were touted by police, politicians and media as indications of success. But a closer look at the data shows the directive has no effect on disparities in what happens after a traffic stop—searches and arrests.

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