Police using tear gas during Ferguson riots, August 2014 (Wikipedia).

Ferguson Racial Profiling Data

Data for this Silk comes from the Ferguson Police Department and U.S. Census Bureau. See here for the original publication on vehicle stop and searches and here for the US Census data.

Data from Ferguson: White People Have Contraband But Black People Get Arrested

Page Title
Arrest rate (per 100 stops)
Search rate (per 100 stops)
Contraband hit rate (per 100 searches)
Black10.4312.1321.71
White5.256.8534.04
Hispanic4.554.550


Vehicle stops in Ferguson per race: 


Racial disparity in vehicle stops: Black drivers are over-represented in every aspect of vehicle stops in Ferguson - except on an Interstate Highway

Showing the disparity index for black drivers in vehicle stops. The disparity index reflects for each race how much its proportion of stops differs from the expected, based on its proportion of the population. 0 represents no disparity; below 0 represents under-representation in the number of stops; above 0 represents over-representation in the number of stops.

Timeline of disparity index scores since 2000: black over-representation in vehicle stops was even considerably higher for most of the last decade; asian representation in vehicle stops saw the most drastic decline

Showing the disparity index scores for vehicle stops by year. The disparity index reflects for each race how much its proportion of stops differs from the expected, based on its proportion of the population. 0 represents no disparity; below 0 represents under-representation in the number of stops; above 0 represents over-representation in the number of stops

Search disparity and arrest disparity compared per race: Hispanic drivers least proportionally searched and arrested in Ferguson - Only black drivers are over-represented


Racial disparities in searches compared for Ferguson: Black over-representation vs. white under-representation

Use the filter to compare other aspects of the searches.

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