Report Shows Racial Disparities in Lincoln, Omaha Area Traffic Stops


LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Blacks in two of Nebraska's largest metro areas continue to be stopped in disproportionate numbers relative to how many live in those areas, according to the state's annual crime report.

The report found blacks accounted for nearly 22 percent of drivers stopped in Omaha, even though they represent a little more than 12 percent of the population.

Blacks accounted for nearly 9 percent of drivers stopped in Lincoln, but they represent a little more than 3 percent of the population.

The findings were similar in last year's study.

Nebraska Crime Commission executive director Michael Behm cautions that the numbers by themselves may not indicate racial profiling. The commission compiles the data from local agencies but does not analyze what is causing the trend.