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Fayetteville police search more blacks than whites

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) -- Fayetteville police stop and search
black drivers more often than white drivers.

The Fayetteville Observer reported Sunday that an analysis of
63,000 traffic stop records from 2009 and 2010 showed that black
drivers accounted for three out of four searches made by police
during traffic stops.

Police Chief Tom Bergamine says his officers are not doing
anything improper, but Bergamine has called for a federal review of
his department. The chief also wants to cameras installed in police
cars and is requiring officers to better document why they conduct
searches.

The newspaper's analysis showed that black drivers made up 58
percent of all traffic stops, but are less than half the city's
population.

Critics say police should stop conducting consent searches if
they can't better explain the reasons for them.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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