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State Patrol under pressure to examine bias in traffic stops following investigation


January 29, 2020

New Washington State Patrol troopers bow their heads during a prayer at the patrol's graduation ceremonies in the Capitol rotunda, April 26, 2017, in Olympia. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

In the wake of revelations that state troopers are searching people of color at a much higher rate than whites, the Washington State Patrol said it is moving forward to address the problem, and lawmakers say they'll be looking at the issue during this year's legislative session.

After analyzing data from millions of traffic stops conducted by the State Patrol, InvestigateWest last month found that Black, Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander drivers were searched at a higher rate than white motorists - even though troopers found drugs or other contraband at a higher rate when they searched white motorists or their cars.


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