TIL of the ‘veil of darkness’ test, where black drivers were less likely to be stopped after sunset, suggesting bias in stop decisions.

Read more: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41562-020-0858-1

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  1. “These numbers are a starting point for understanding racial disparities in traffic stops, but they do not, per se, provide strong evidence of racially disparate treatment. In particular, per-capita stop rates do not account for possible race-specific differences in driving behaviour, including amount of time spent on the road and adherence to traffic laws. For example, if black drivers, hypothetically, spend more time on the road than white drivers, that could explain the higher stop rates we see for the former, even in the absence of discrimination. Moreover, drivers may not live in the jurisdictions where they were stopped, further complicating the interpretation of population benchmarks”.

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