African-Americans have been stopped or searched in St. Paul at higher rates than other racial or ethnic groups.
That’s according to data released by the police department today based on traffic stops over the past 15 years. Police Chief Todd Axtell says releasing the information helps fulfill his promise to be more transparent, and the data will be used to “improve equity, service and safety across the city.”
Axtell adds that he views the release of the data “as an opportunity to build on the ongoing conversation about how the entire community can ensure that all people have equal access to justice, education, employment opportunities, housing and all government services.”
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