The Gender Factor in Racial Profiling During Traffic Stops

Many studies have shown that Black motorists are more likely than White motorists to be stopped and have their car searched by police. But a new study by a doctoral candidate in sociology at Kansas State University, includes data on how gender impacts the profiling statistics.

The study conducted by Jeremy Briggs found that women were 23 percent less likely than men to be ticketed, 55 percent less likely than men to be arrested, and 76 percent less likely than men to be searched.

The results show that White women stopped by police were the most likely group to be let go with only a warning. Black women were just as likely as White men to be ticketed, arrested, or searched.

The study found that the race of the police officer did not have a significant impact on the statistics.

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