Study looks for racial profiling in Lansing Police traffic stops

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – It all began 15 years ago when the Lansing Police Department wanted to find out if officers were making traffic stops based on racial profiling.

In 2001 the department issued procedures and guidelines on traffic stop conduct and how to collect information about those stops.

Each year since then statistics from all the traffic stops and accidents are sent to two Michigan State University researchers.

Dr. David Carter and Dr. Joseph Schafer analyze that data, plus numbers relating to the demographic of the driver, circumstances associated with the stop and outcome of the stop.

This 15th annual report confirms that there is no evidence that officers systematically use traffic stops based on racial profiling.

“I am proud of the efforts of the men and women of the Lansing Police Department showing non-biased professional conduct during traffic stops” said Chief Mike Yankowski.

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ONLINE: Lansing Police Traffic Stop Data Analysis Report

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