For more than twelve years, Washington State Patrol Troopers have been searching drivers from minority communities, particularly Native Americans, at a rate much higher — more than five times — than that of whites, FIJ grantees Jason Buch and Joy Borkholder, report for InvestigateWest.

Their investigation also shows that the Washington State Patrol reported data on the race and ethnicity of motorists stopped by troopers just three times in the 15 years following a state law requiring reporting. For many people from communities of color in Washington State, Buch and Borkholder’s findings showed statistically what they have observed in person for years.

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