Statewide, numbers show racial divide in police traffic stops

Published: Aug. 4, 2015 at 9:28 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2015 at 9:46 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A review of several Lowcountry cities shows a statistical difference in traffic stops by race, but that white motorists are often stopped more often than black motorists.

According to numbers from the SC Department of Public safety, dating back to July 2010, white drivers were stopped more often by city police departments in areas including Charleston, Summerville, Goose Creek, and Mount Pleasant.

That news comes a day after a Lowcountry civil rights group accused North Charleston police of "racial profiling at its best."

Monday, the National Action Network called for the "dismantling" of city's administration, citing statistics that revealed blacks were stopped by police twice as often as whites in the city.

"Do you believe us now?" NAN State President Elder James Johnson said.

The data only applies to traffic stops that did not result in a ticket or an arrest, with numbers subject to change as monthly reports were submitted.

Beyond the Lowcountry, white drivers were also more likely to be stopped in Greenville, with Blacks assuming the majority in Columbia, at 52 percent.

In most areas, Hispanics and those who identified themselves as other accounted for one percent of stops, or less.

For a look at the breakdown, click here:

Officials in the North Charleston Police Department did not respond to requests for comment. But a minority council member for the city said the numbers are fact and need to be investigated by the city and the police department.

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