Analysis of Police Stops and Searchers: City of Erie, Pennsylvania

Amy Danzer, Mercyhurst College Civic Institute
Thomas J. Gamble, Mercyhurst College Civic Institute

In May or 2001, the City of Erie approached the Mercyhurst College Civic Institute to assist with the design and analysis of a study on racial profiling that the city had agreed to conduct. The analysis was based on over 2000 police-initiated stops of motorists and pedestrians occurring between september 1, 2001, and February 28, 2002. During the period studied, minority motorists and pedestrians were significantly more likely to be stopped than were non-minority motorists and pedestrians. Since the conclusion of the study, the Erie City Police Department has taken modest steps to rectify the issues highlighted in the study by increasing the level of diversity training.

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Updated 05/20/2006