Why black drivers are disproportionately stopped in this Philly police district

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Giovanni Hatter has filed two complaints against Philadelphia police for what he says were unnecessary stops. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Giovanni Hatter has filed two complaints against Philadelphia police for what he says were unnecessary stops. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philadelphia police pull over black drivers more frequently — especially in the 14th District where black motorists were stopped three times more than white ones. That’s according to a data analysis done for Philadelphia’s Defender Association looking at years of traffic stops. On this episode of The Why, WHYY’s Bobby Allyn and reporter Maura Ewing explain why so many African-Americans are pulled over in this police district — an area that spans from some of the city’s richest neighborhoods to some of its poorest.

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