Black drivers stopped a disproportionate rate in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Data released by the police bureau in Portland, Oregon, shows Black people were much more likely to be stopped by police in 2019 than people in other racial groups despite being a small part of the city’s population. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that of the 33,035 vehicle stops Portland police made in 2019, 18% were for Black drivers and 65% were for white drivers. White people make up 75.1% of the population, while Black people make up 5.8%. Police Chief Chuck Lovell said the raw numbers don’t paint an accurate picture of police activity, but critics say they show that Black drivers are targeted disproportionately.