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Report finds racial gap in Milwaukee traffic stops

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that a black Milwaukee driver is seven times as likely to be stopped by police officers as a white resident driver.

The newspaper bases that on an analysis (http://bit.ly/sGIMUk) of nearly 46,000 traffic stops that also found Milwaukee police pulled over Hispanic motorists nearly five times as often as white drivers.

While the review found that the disparities spanned all seven police districts, the two with the greatest racial disparities have the lowest crime rates, and both have predominantly white populations.

Milwaukee police officials did not dispute the newspaper's findings but say the data don't provide evidence of racial discrimination.

Police Chief Edward Flynn says his department's crime-fighting approach can result in disparities because it targets high-crime neighborhoods that tend to have larger minority populations.

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