Davenport Community Advisory Panel to Receive Update on racial profiling traffic study


On July 28, 2015, St. Ambrose University Professor Chris Barnum will be releasing the analysis conducted by his research team of the 2014 traffic stop data collected by the Davenport Police Department. 


The members of the Davenport Community Advisory Panel which includes representatives from the Davenport Civil Rights Commission, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), NAACP, Quad City Interfaith and other community members entered into a partnership with the Davenport Police Department in 2011 to conduct a racial profiling traffic study. The purpose of the study was to determine whether racial disparities exist with the City of Davenport’s law enforcement interactions and to come up with measures to address the disparities. The Davenport Police Department began collecting data regarding the race of all drivers involved in traffic stops in 2011. 

In 2011, the City of Davenport hired Christopher Barnum, Professor of Criminal Justice at St. Ambrose University, and his research team to review traffic stop data collected by the Davenport Police Department. Professor Barnum began the study by calculating a baseline of the race of drivers in the observation zones throughout the City of Davenport and to compare the baseline data with the traffic stop data collected by the police department. Professor Barnum and his research team released the analysis of the 2013 collected data in June 2014. 


On Tuesday, July 28th , Professor Barnum will provide an analysis of the 2014 data. The Davenport Community Advisory Panel will continue to work together with the Davenport Police Department to help evaluate the data and to ensure that race is not considered in policing interactions. 

The briefing gets underway at 1PM, Tuesday, July 28th, at LULAC, 4224 Ricker Hill Road. 

Questions regarding this release should be directed to Latrice Lacey, Davenport Civil Rights Commission Director, 326-7888 or Don Schaeffer, Davenport Police Chief, 326-7778.



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