Wichita City Council discusses racial profiling study

Rodney Price
December 10, 2019 - 11:29 am
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The Wichita City Council heard some of the results of a new study on the issue of racial profiling in Wichita.

The committee headed by Dr. Walt Chappell and Sheila Officer looked at the data from traffic tickets issued by Wichita Police from 2016-2018.

Chappell said that Black drivers are 50% more likely to be pulled over for non-moving violations, like broken tail lights or headlights.  White and Hispanic drivers are more likely to receive tickets for speeding or running stoplights.

Chappell said that instead of giving out tickets, the city should give out a voucher for the defect.  

Dr. Chappell urged the council to continue the conversation to solve the problem.  

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay responded to the report, saying it showed discrepancies and inaccuracies, which will require further review. 

Ramsay added: "Wichita Police will seek a third-party review by asking Wichita State University Dr. Michael Birzer, a world-renowned expert in racial profiling, to review the data and provide input. The WPD will meet with Dr. Birzer after he has developed his conclusions."

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