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Pittsburgh City Council advances bill to prevent police from making minor traffic stops

In an effort to prevent police stops that could turn deadly for Black and brown people, Pittsburgh City Council appears poised to stop police from pulling over people for minor issues like a broken tail light or expired license plate. Council took a preliminary vote to pass the measure on Wednesday, and it received only… Read More »

Daunte Wright case: How seemingly minor traffic stops can turn deadly

The trial of former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota officer Kim Potter in the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright has cast a renewed spotlight on traffic stops, like the one at the center of the case, and their potential to escalate. Nationwide, police pull over more than 50,000 drivers on average each day, amounting to more than… Read More »

Lesson of the Day: ‘Pulled Over: What to Know About Deadly Police Traffic Stops’

5. What is “officer-created jeopardy”? Why does the investigative team argue that we need to go beyond the “final frame” to understand and evaluate whether a police officer was justified in using lethal force? 6. How do financial incentives lead to overpolicing and unfair enforcement of the law, according to the investigation? 7. What questions… Read More »

Philadelphia traffic stops: Mayor signs legislation making Philadelphia the first major US city to ban police from stopping drivers for low-level traffic violations

The law, which passed Philadelphia’s city council last month by a 14-2 vote and has the support of the city’s police department, designates seven low-level violations for which traffic stops are prohibited, including bumper issues, minor obstructions, broken lights and a license plate that is not visible or clearly displayed. “This legislation establishes Philadelphia as… Read More »

Why Philadelphia is banning police stops for minor traffic violations : NPR

Philadelphia’s new Driving Equity Act bars police officers from pulling over drivers for minor traffic violations with an aim to closing racial disparities in traffic stops. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption toggle caption Matt Rourke/AP Philadelphia’s new Driving Equity Act bars police officers from pulling over drivers for minor traffic violations with an aim to closing… Read More »