(Undated) -- New data is revealing racial and ethnic disparities in traffic stops in Rhode Island. The state transportation department last week shared an analysis from Central Connecticut State University of about 237-thousand stops made by Rhode Island law enforcement in 2016. Despite the lack of correlating evidence of contraband, the report indicates eleven-point-four-percent of motorists stopped were observed to be black and 13-percent were Hispanic. The results also showed that four municipal departments and one state police barracks demonstrated statistical disparities warranting further analysis: Cranston, Narragansett, North Smithfield, Providence and the Hope Valley barracks.
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