Virginia NAACP Responds to 2023 Report on Analysis of Traffic Stop Data Collected under Virginia’s Community Policing Act

The NAACP Virginia State Conference (Virginia NAACP) acknowledges the findings of the 2023 Report on Analysis of Traffic Stop Data Collected under Virginia’s Community Policing Act. It continues to be alarming that Black drivers are 19.4% of the driving population but make up 30.4% of those who are stopped. The report findings are also alarming that Hispanic and Native American/Indian Americans are also stopped at a higher percentage than their population.

Robert N. Barnette, Jr., Virginia NAACP President, stated:  

“Based on this report, it is clear that Black Virginians are stopped by police for traffic violations more often than other Virginians. This is not a one city or county problem, this is a problem across the Commonwealth. The Virginia NAACP is prepared to work with local police departments, sheriff departments, and the Virginia State Police to address this issue.”

The Virginia NAACP’s commitment is to work with law enforcement agencies to ensure transparency in training and recruitment and to review its diversity, equity and inclusion policies and training.

The Virginia NAACP will continue to fight against unfair policing and work towards ending structural racism in our justice system.

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ABOUT THE VIRGINIA NAACP
Chartered in 1935, the NAACP Virginia State Conference (Virginia NAACP) is the oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization in the Commonwealth. The Virginia NAACP advocates, agitates, and litigates for civil rights due to Black Virginians. Representing over 100 NAACP adult branches, youth councils, and college chapters, together, we fight to build the social and political power required to abolish racial discrimination in localities throughout Virginia. To learn more about the work of the Virginia NAACP and the issues we advocate for, visit naacpva.org.

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