Missouri civil rights groups call for impartial policing after AG report

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Several organizations came together Tuesday to demand change after a report on the racial breakdown of Missouri traffic stops made by police.

Eight groups, including the ACLU and Empower Missouri, called for a statewide summit on fair and impartial policing and improving police and community relations.

They want the summit to take place before the end of this year, and they want Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster to host it.

This comes a day after Koster released the annual traffic stop report. The report says that last year in Missouri, African-American drivers were 75 percent more likely to be pulled over than white drivers.

“There is a tinge of not only outrage, a little bit of anger, especially when we see the public outcry for justice and we see countless families actually directly affected by behaviors that we have ongoing years of data for,” said Montague Simmons, the executive director of the Organization For Black Struggle.

An Empower Missouri representative is slated to meet with officials from Koster’s office on Wednesday about the summit.

One interesting side note: black drivers in Ferguson were pulled over at a rate lower than the statewide average.