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Data from millions of traffic stops reveal there is 'driving while Indian'


December 20, 2019

U.S. 97 near the entrance to the Colville Reservation. InvestigateWest's analysis found that the Washington State Patrol searched Native Americans at a rate more than five times higher than white drivers. Two of the highest concentrations of those searches were on U.S. 97 near the Colville and Yakama reservations. (Photo by InvestigateWest)

Twelve years ago, academic researchers working with the Washington State Patrol raised a warning flag: Troopers were searching drivers from minority communities, particularly Native Americans, at a much higher rate than whites. They recommended additional study.

That was the last time the Washington State Patrol conducted a substantive analysis of the race and ethnicity of drivers searched by troopers.


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