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Report: Black drivers 85% more likely to be stopped by police in Missouri

A driver shakes hands with a demonstrator during a protest march in New York City after a grand jury declined to prosecute a white police officer for the killing Michael Brown.
A driver shakes hands with a demonstrator during a protest march in New York City after a grand jury declined to prosecute a white police officer for the killing Michael Brown. Photo: Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty Images

Data released by Missouri's Attorney General Josh Hawley showed that black drivers in the Missouri are 85% more likely to be pulled over by police than white drivers — the highest percentage the state has seen in the 18 years it has compiled this data, the AP reports.

Why it matters: The report released Friday shows that racial disparity in traffic stops is at its worst since the state began compiling data in 2000. Following the fatal police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, a 2015 Justice Department report said sweeping patterns of racial bias and profiling by police officers is the driving force behind increase revenue in the municipal court system.