Report finds racial disparities in Connecticut traffic stops

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s first analysis of police traffic stops across the state has found racial and ethnic disparities that may suggest bias on the part of officers, but stops short of declaring that racial profiling is going on.

Officials say the report released Tuesday is the most comprehensive examination of police traffic stops in the country.

The report singles out five agencies for having “statistically significant” racial or ethnic disparities in their data and says further investigation is warranted. Those agencies are Groton town police, Granby police, Waterbury police and state police troops C in Tolland and H in Hartford.

Researchers said 33 out of the state’s 102 law enforcement agencies had disparities in their data showing minorities were stopped at higher rates than whites, according to population and other statistics.

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