CHARLOTTE -- In his latest facebook discussion, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief, Kerr Putney, talked about the relationship between race and traffic stops.
The discussion was based on a recent study by UNC-Chapel Hill professor, Frank Baumgartner, who analyzed traffic stops from 2002 to 2016. The study shows black drivers are 150 percent more likely to be searched and Hispanics are 75 percent more likely to be searched when compared to white drivers in Charlotte.
The report also shows racial disparities are more concentrated among black men.
Chief Putney believes community policing will help reduce racial disparities during traffic stops. But community activist, Robert Dawkins, said he wants to see more action around accountability.