Coalition responds to Missouri report showing police stop more black drivers

3 years 9 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, June 02 2016 Jun 2, 2016 Thursday, June 02, 2016 7:27:00 PM CDT June 02, 2016 in News
By: Lishan Guo, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - A coalition of several local and statewide organizations hosted two news conferences in Jefferson City and St. Louis Thursday to respond the 16th annual Vehicle Stops Report that was released by Attorney General of Missouri Chris Koster on Wednesday. The report shows African-Americans were more likely to be stopped and searched by police than white people.

"The report documents convincingly that African-Americans are particularly stopped disproportionally. But there's a lot of questions still given that broad conclusion," Don Love, Chair of the Human Right Task Force of Empower Missouri, said.

Koster called on the General Assembly to make the report “more meaningful.” He said while the report illuminated some racial disparities, it is not a comprehensive look at police and community relations because it only tracks vehicle stops. Love said normal people would have implicit bias or certain stereotypes, so do police officers.

"All the same sort of things happen for the officers that they are not racists, they just need a little help or a little training, ignoring the skin color, ignoring the pressure that's on them that makes them suspicious of a person of color, and looking instead of facts related to that person," Love said.

Love said the coalition will analyze whether the officers knew ahead of time that they were stopping black drivers, whether the officers stopped black drivers on purpose because of racism, or whether there was a misunderstanding the number of African American who were committing crimes.

"One of the things we look at is the taking complete data set and looking for hidden meaning there that gives a clear indication of what the problem is," Love said.

Farai Madzura, a Columbia African-American driver, thought there needed to be some dialogue to dig more to understand the problem.

"Where these stops are happening, for example. Are they in areas where the majority of drivers are colored drivers? Is it just a color issue? Is it also immigrants now live with threats with global terrorism?" Farai Madzura said.

The Coalition includes ACLU, Coalition Against Police Crimes and Repression, Empower Missouri, Metropolitan Congregations United (MCU), Missouri Faith Voices, Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates (MIRA), Missouri NAACP Conference of Branches, Paraquad, Organization for Black Struggle (OBS), PROMO and SEIU Missouri/Kansas State Council.

According to the press release, the coalition believed "the clearest path to end biased-based policing in Missouri is through the passage of the Fair and Impartial Policing Act and a commitment from elected officials and agency chiefs to improve police and community relations."

"I think there are a lot of people from different backgrounds that are beginning to realize this is something that can be fixed, that something will benefit everyone, will make us a better society, gives us a better town to live in and protect public safety much better," Love said.

Madzura said if law enforcement officers could go through training and have dialogue with different groups would help to change the situation.

"It's so much going on in the world today. Obviously we are getting smaller in terms of how interdependent we are with each other, so we definitely need to come together and have those conversations and be honest about what are fears are," Madzura said. 

 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson announced Friday that the Missouri National Guard would be mobilized to help with the... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:31:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has issued a statewide order for people to stay at home as... More >>
2 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:09:00 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
AP — Something was wrong. The chow hall line at New York’s Rikers Island jail had halted. For three hours,... More >>
2 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 12:04:41 PM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As COVID-19 spreads, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about the impacts on the community. KOMU... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:55:00 AM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
(AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus infections worldwide topped 600,000 on Saturday as new cases stacked up quickly in... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, March 28 2020 Mar 28, 2020 Saturday, March 28, 2020 7:43:03 AM CDT March 28, 2020 in News
PARIS (AP) - Health workers in Paris received a massive show of appreciation thanks to the Eiffel Tower. The... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 11:47:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
BOSTON (AP) - States are imposing new restrictions for travelers from the New York area, the epicenter for the nation's... More >>
14 hours ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 11:45:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
GREENE COUNTY - The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is "epi-linking" COVID-19 cases. A person's case is epi-linked if they... More >>
15 hours ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 10:46:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
ST. CHARLES COUNTY - According to a news release from The St. Charles County Health Department, a second person has... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 10:10:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
DETROIT (AP) - President Donald Trump issued an order to that seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators for... More >>
16 hours ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 9:43:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - There have been four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Camden County and one death, according to the... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 8:06:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Two University of Missouri Police Officers tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently being treated in isolation. ... More >>
18 hours ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 7:46:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Every year, Thomas holds a blood drive for her daughter and this year didn't change anything. Blood... More >>
19 hours ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 7:19:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
COLE COUNTY - Officials signed a stay-at-home order for Cole County that will go into effect on Saturday at 5... More >>
20 hours ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 5:58:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Missouri system is restricting hiring and large purchases. The university... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 4:09:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
MEXICO - Stuffed animal hunts are the new cure for the ever-increasing cabin fever facing many mid-Missourians. This new... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 3:56:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed an executive order Thursday to mobilize the Missouri National Guard to assist... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 2:29:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law, after... More >>
1 day ago Friday, March 27 2020 Mar 27, 2020 Friday, March 27, 2020 2:15:00 PM CDT March 27, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 71°
3pm 69°
4pm 70°
5pm 71°
6pm 70°