Police in Moorhead have released a study that shows American Indians are stopped by police more often if the officers know the ethnicity beforehand
“American Indians over 30 are more likely to be stopped than any other ethnicity over 30,” study author Mark Hansel said in today’s edition of the Fargo Forum. “The reason for that is just not clear. It’s troubling in that it raises the possibility of profile stops, but it doesn’t prove it.”
The study, however, did not factor in the behavior of the driver nor the condition of the vehicle prior to the traffic stop. The study also involves a very small number of people, the study’s author acknowledges.
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