- Associated Press - Thursday, September 11, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — New data released by the state of Connecticut show many police departments are stopping black and Hispanic drivers at rates higher than the minority driving populations of their cities and towns.

The numbers were compiled by researchers at Central Connecticut State University under a new state law designed to prevent racial profiling by police. A computer system that went live in November collects a range of traffic stop data from all 106 police agencies in the state.

The first statewide report on the data reflects traffic stops by police from last October through May.

In New Haven, about 47 percent of New Haven police’s traffic stops involved black drivers, compared with the estimated black driving population of 20 percent in the city. A message was left for city police officials.

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