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CCSU data shows police pulling over minority drivers at higher rate

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NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

New data shows that police in Connecticut are stopping minority drives at higher rates.

Research from Central Connecticut State University in New Britain looked at more than 100 police departments.

It was the second project of its kind. The first came out in April.

Researchers said more than 250,000 traffic stops between October of last year through March 31 were studied.

The data showed that 13.7 percent of traffic stops involved black drivers while 12 percent involved Hispanics. The percentages were slightly higher than those of the same 6 month period from the previous year.

The 143-page report also revealed that police searched the cars of black and Hispanic drivers twice as often as those of white drivers.

CCSU researchers said they gathered and analyzed data starting in Oct. 2013 after the state modified its anti-racial profiling law.

According to its most recent set of data, Groton, Granby, Waterbury and state police troops C and H showed the highest incidents.

Several chiefs said they are taking a look at the new numbers, but said that training has been put in place since the first year the data was released.

State officials said the data is a tool to help lawmakers and police departments decide if improvements are needed. It is not an indictment of any department.

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