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A police officer taking a driver’s license from a passenger

A WBEZ analysis of 42.5 million traffic stop records showed only Chicago Police and Illinois State Police have stopped more Black drivers than southwest suburban Evergreen Park, data show.

Chris Carlson/AP

A police officer taking a driver’s license from a passenger

A WBEZ analysis of 42.5 million traffic stop records showed only Chicago Police and Illinois State Police have stopped more Black drivers than southwest suburban Evergreen Park, data show.

Chris Carlson/AP

WBEZ analysis finds Evergreen Park cops disproportionately stop Black drivers

In 2022, 60% of all traffic stops in the southwest suburb were of Black drivers. Only 23% of the village’s residents are Black.

A WBEZ analysis of 42.5 million traffic stop records showed only Chicago Police and Illinois State Police have stopped more Black drivers than southwest suburban Evergreen Park, data show.

Chris Carlson/AP

   

Traffic stops are the most common interaction between people and police, and information about those stops is publically available in Illinois. The WBEZ data team — along with the Investigative Project on Race and Equity — dug into the story behind the numbers and found local and state police departments stopping a disproportionate number of Black drivers.

Reset hears more about the story the numbers tell and how you can learn more about policing trends in your community.

GUESTS: Amy Qin, WBEZ data reporter

Matt Kiefer, WBEZ data editor

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