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Report shows racial profiling increase at Columbia Police Department

Columbia city officials released new data Thursday that showed an increase of racial profiling at the Columbia Police Department from 2016 to 2017. (Mark Slavit/KRCG 13)

Columbia city officials released new data Thursday that showed an increase of racial profiling at the Columbia Police Department from 2016 to 2017.

City officials released the early numbers from the Missouri Attorney General's 2017 Vehicle Stops Report due out next month.

The report measures several data points related to traffic stops conducted by law enforcement agencies across the state.

The new data shows the Columbia Police Department has a projected disparity index of 3.28 for African American drivers in 2017.

That was an increase from 3.13 in 2016.

A disparity-index value shows that members of a group are stopped at precisely the rate one would expect if all members of the driving-age public were equally likely to be involved in a traffic stop.

"The data shows the vehicle stops tend to be conducted in areas where we see the highest numbers of reported crime, calls for service and accidents," Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton said.

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