St. James Missionary Baptist Church in Nashville Holds ‘Driving While Black’ Meeting

A meeting was held Thursday night to discuss issues black drivers sometimes face.

A group of local ministers and community activists gathered at St. James Missionary Baptist Church for a “Driving While Black Community Briefing.”

The event was hosted by Gideon’s Army, an organization conducted a report released last fall called Driving While Black: A Report on Racial Profiling in Metro Nashville Police Department Traffic Stop.

According to the report, Metro police have a history of racial profiling and black drivers are stopped at a disproportional amount than white drivers. The group also said black men are twice as likely to be searched during a stop.

In response to the report, Chief Steve Anderson said all stops and searches are for public safety and 80 percent or more result in only a warning.

Those in attendance at Thursday night’s event told News 2 they’re looking for the next steps for the Nashville community.

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Source: WKRN