A Black driver is seven times as likely to be stopped by police as a white driver in Milwaukee, a new study has found.
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The study also found that police searched Black drivers at twice the rate of whites, but those searches didn’t lead to higher rates of seized weapons, drugs or stolen property.
“Is racial profiling real?” said Grigsby, who represents a district on the city’s north side. “It’s like water to a fish in my world. There is a feeling, there is an understanding, an unsaid knowledge that this is part of the experience of being a person of color in Wisconsin. It feels like a standard practice in this state.”
Milwaukee police officials did not dispute the newspaper’s findings, but said traffic stop rates track more closely with suspect and victim demographics than with driving population estimates.