A new report by the ACLU reveals police departments across Illinois are using consensual searches on more cars of African-American and Latino drivers that those of white drivers but more drugs and contraband were found in vehicles driven by whites.
The American Civil Liberties Union says the study is more proof that police need to end the practice of consensual searches.
The report reveals in Chicago, African-American and Latino motorists were more than four times more likely to have their vehicles searched during traffic stops last year than white motorists, even though officers found contraband in the vehicles of twice as many white drivers, according to the report.
In 2004, African-American and Latino motorists were nearly three times more likely to be searched than white motorists.
In areas patrolled by the Illinois State Police, Latino motorists were about 2 1/2 times more likely than white motorists to consent to a search in 2013, compared with nearly three times more in 2004.
The rate remained relatively flat for African-Americans, who were nearly twice more likely to get searched than whites.
At the same time white drivers were 2 1/2 times more likely than Latinos to have contraband, while whites were slightly more likely to have contraband than African-Americans last year.
The Chicago Police Department says they have taken step to add mandatory training for officers on how they interact with the community.
A spokeswoman for the Illinois State Police says the agency has taken steps to improve the accountability, training and “cultural awareness” of officers.