DPS targets blacks in county stops


Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) state police over the past five years searched three times more black, versus white, motorists whom they stopped in Pecos County. However, the searches of white motorists were more likely to yield contraband.

The data comes from the Austin American-Statesman in what that newspaper describes as an “analysis of 15 million records representing every DPS traffic stop between the beginning of 2009 and July 2015. The examination represents the most detailed picture yet of the intersection of race and traffic stops performed statewide by Texas’ largest law enforcement agency.”

The American-Statesman released the analysis last Saturday at mystatesman.com/news/news/crime-law/dps-searches-hispanics-more-finds-less-statesman.