A new study found that college educated cops were significantly more likely to pull over drivers for less serious violations:
- 50 percent more likely than officers without a college degree to stop drivers for a moving violation other than speeding.
- Three times as likely to perform consent searches of drivers or their vehicles.
- Twice as likely to make arrests on discretionary grounds.
The findings are in line with a study on racial profiling from St. Louis in 2007. That study also found college-educated officers were more likely than others to search the vehicles they pulled over.
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