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Local traffic stop data released by Attorney General

Local traffic stop data released by Attorney General

June 20th, 2018 by David Wilson in Local News

The Attorney General's Office has released the Missouri vehicle stops reports for 2017.

Moniteau County

Moniteau County's population, of those age 16 and older, is reported to be 12,136. That population is listed at 90.8 percent white, 4.62 percent black and 2.98 percent Hispanic, 0.36 percent Asian and 0.30 percent American Indian, according to U.S. Census figures updated with 2018 estimates.

Last year, the Moniteau County Sheriff's Department made 746 traffic stops. There were 674 (90.4 percent) involving white drivers, 28 (3.7 percent) black drivers and 43 (5.7 percent) Hispanic drivers and one (0.13) Asian driver.

Of the 62 arrests made from those stops, 56 (81.1 percent) were white drivers, two (3.2 percent) were black and four (6.4 percent) were Hispanic.

The "Disparity Index" is given in ratios, which means that reading anything into these results can be misleading.

The ratio for each agency is based on the total number of vehicle stops made by the agency. For 2017, the Disparity Index for Moniteau County is listed as: Asian - 0.37; black - 0.81; Hispanic - 1.93; white - 1.00.

"We stop the vehicle," Sheriff Tony Wheatley said. "We don't stop the driver. It doesn't make a difference what their ethnic background is. If they are violating the law, they are violating the law."

Wheatley also pointed out the "contraband hit rate" of 49 in the county for 2017. Of those, 43 people were listed as white, three were Hispanic two were black and one was Asian.

California

For the City of California, of those age 16 and older, is reported to be 3,267. That population is listed at 88.83 percent white, 0.77 percent black and 8.57 percent Hispanic, 0.58 percent Asian and 0.31 percent American Indian, according to U.S. Census figures updated with 2018 estimates.

Last year, the City of California Police Department made 339 traffic stops. There were 302 (88.8 percent) involving white drivers, nine (2.6 percent) black drivers and 26 (7.6 percent) Hispanic drivers and two (0.5.9) Asian driver.

Of the 16 arrests made from those stops, 13 (81.25 percent) were white drivers, one (6.25 percent) was black and two (12.5 percent) were Hispanic.