SHOW ME THE RECORDS: Missouri vehicle stops recorded by category
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 12:01 a.m. CST
Each week, the Missourian highlights a government record that is available to the public. Open records help people keep government in check and help them better understand how government affects their lives.
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The records: In 2000, the allegations of racial profiling prompted the state legislature to require law enforcement to document the race of each driver it stopped. The Attorney General collects an annual record and reports to the governor every June.
Why you'd want them: According to the 2010 data, blacks drivers were stopped at a rate that was 69 percent higher than that of white drivers.
Where you get the records: Go to ago.mo.gov/VehicleStops/ then click on "2010 Executive Summary."
How much it will cost: The information is free.
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