Suffolk County Police Department stopped and searched Black and Hispanic drivers at higher rates than white drivers. That’s according to a Newsday analysis released this week.
The report found that once they’re stopped, Black people are three times more likely to be searched, and Hispanic people are nearly two times more likely than White people.
However, data shows that Suffolk Police are less likely to find illegal guns or drugs in Black and Hispanic people’s cars.
In 2014, Suffolk Police agreed to collect and share traffic stop information with the U.S. Department of Justice, after an investigation probed equitable policing in Hispanic communities.