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By John Eligon
Police officers in Missouri were 75 percent more likely to stop black drivers than white drivers last year, and 73 percent more likely to search black drivers, according to a report released Monday by Chris Koster, the state’s attorney general.

The data also showed that although blacks were more likely to be stopped and searched than whites, they were less likely to be found with contraband than whites, the report said. Nearly 27 percent of whites who were searched possessed something illegal, compared with 21 percent of blacks.

The figures represent the largest disparity in stops between black and white drivers since the state began keeping records in 2000, and came in the year that the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., sparked a national conversation about race and policing.

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