- Associated Press - Sunday, November 2, 2014

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - New reports from the Durham Police Department show that nearly 84 percent of the vehicle drivers and passengers searched by officers in the first half of the year were black.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reported (http://bit.ly/1s4ZxYP) that 762 of the 910 people searched during traffic stops from Jan. 1 to June 30 were black.

Police Chief Jose Lopez said in a second report that officers recorded above-average numbers of traffic stops in a relatively small portion of the city that includes much of east Durham, where the population is predominantly black and low-income.

Police say the numbers don’t appear to indicate racial profiling but instead happen when they target high-crime areas.

The City Council promised to publish such reports regularly as part of a response to allegations of racial profiling.

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Information from: The Herald-Sun, http://www.herald-sun.com

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