Part Three: Police have Wide Discretion on Traffic Stops
Traffic stops account for the most common encounters citizens have with local law enforcement. Most stops are routine. Others can provoke considerable tension. In Illinois, minority drivers are twice as likely as whites to be stopped and searched for drugs or weapons, even though contraband is found more often on whites. Under a Freedom of Information Act request, WGLT's Judy Valente reviewed 90 traffic stops that occurred over two days in Bloomington and Normal. Part 3 of the GLT News investigative series "Police and Race in the Twin Cities" uncovered some surprising results.