Greensboro police end stops for minor traffic infractions

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – The Greensboro Police Department is trying to address racial disparities in arrests through several changes, including an end to traffic stops for lesser infractions such as broken headlights.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported police Chief Wayne Scott told the City Council during its regular meeting Tuesday about the changes.

The changes follow publication of a New York Times article showing black drivers in Greensboro are more likely to be pulled over for routine traffic violations and are four times more likely to be searched when pulled over.

The police department is conducting its own analysis of the data cited in the article, much of which was previously presented in a study by Frank Baumgartner, a political science professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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