LOUISVILLE — An analysis of traffic stop data by The Courier Journal has found African Americans in Louisville are disproportionately stopped and are three times more likely to be searched than white drivers. The paper analyzed 130,999 stops between 2016 and 2018. They found that African Americans accounted for 33 percent of the stops although they make up only about 20 percent of Louisville’s driving-age population. Of 8,942 searches, 57 percent involved African Americans. That’s despite a much higher incidence of contraband found with white drivers. According to the analysis, police found contraband in 72 percent of the searches of whites versus only 41 percent for African Americans. Under new rules, which go into effect Aug. 1, officers must be able to justify why they remove drivers from vehicles, frisk or handcuff them, or make them sit on the ground.