Reno Council Continues Racial Profiling Study

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The Reno City Council says it will find the money to continue a racial profiling study.

The Reno Police Department came under criticism in April when it said it would not continue the study because of the $40,000 cost.

But City Council members yesterday agreed to fund the project. They also voted to revive a citizen oversight panel.

Two years ago, the state Legislature required nine Nevada law enforcement agencies to collect traffic stop data for a year to determine if minorities are unfairly targeted.

That study concluded black motorists were stopped at a rate nearly double the state's black population.

Reno police criticized the analysis for comparing traffic stops to census data, arguing the racial makeup of drivers in an area can vary widely from the population in that area.

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