Though recent studies show racial disparities, state police find no bias in individual troopers
Vermont Public Radio - 04/26/2017
Last spring, analyses of five years of data revealed clear racial disparities in Vermont State Police traffic stops. But after conversations with the troopers whose stops showed the greatest disparities, state police officials say they’ve found no instances of implicit or explicit racial bias. The conclusion illustrates the challenge of pinpointing the problem, and advocates say the police need to do more to identify bias in individual officers.
While there were issues with the data that were collected, no one questioned the analyses, which showed a disproportionate number of black and Hispanic drivers were pulled over. One five-and-a-half-year study was produced by the Institute on Race and Justice and the Center for Criminal Justice Policy Research at Northeastern University.