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Connecticut group works on racial profiling with issue on national stage

Bill Dyson and Ken Barone of the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project (Hugh McQuaid Photo)
Bill Dyson and Ken Barone of the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project (Hugh McQuaid Photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – With the eyes of the nation on a racially-charged conflict between protesters and police in Missouri, a small group of Connecticut policymakers met Thursday to discuss their ongoing efforts to identify racial profiling during traffic stops.

Last weekend’s police shooting of Michael Brown, an African-American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, sparked five nights of protests and violent confrontation between demonstrators and police. The shooting and ongoing fallout have gained national attention. President Barack Obama addressed the conflict in a Thursday afternoon briefing.

During a meeting of Connecticut’s Racial Profiling Advisory Board, former state Rep. Bill Dyson said Connecticut has taken steps to get ahead of the curve on issues related to police interactions with minority groups.

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One response to “Connecticut group works on racial profiling with issue on national stage”

  1. Oldtimer

    Most police officers that I have ever met are not looking for extra work. So called “traffic stops” are almost always the result of some very clear (to the officer) reason, and it is NOT the color of the driver’s skin, but a combination of factors known to the officer, most times the operator has done something to attract attention, either a violation of mv law, or the appearance in an unexpected place. Anybody driving a really sad looking car in a neighborhood where such cars are unusual will attract attention as will anybody driving a very expensive car in a very poor neighborhood, and both are likely to get stopped. Most officers are hoping to find a suspect in some major crime and any vehicle that resembles a description of a vehicle, or any driver resembling a description of a driver, wanted for some major crime will attract attention as will any vehicle reported to be involved in ongoing crime such as buying or selling drugs.
    Drawing any conclusions from raw statistics about who gets stopped is, at best, a risky process, likely to reflect inaccurate results. Of course, there are some bigots in law enforcement and identifying them and moving them out of law enforcement is a noble, if difficult, aspiration. Collecting raw statistics and assuming they have some value may be part of that process, but can lead to wrong conclusions. Some officers frequently use assault on officer charges while others almost never use such charges. Looking at those numbers might be useful. Hardly anybody volunteers to get arrested, but calling lack of enthusiasm assault may tell a lot more about officers attitudes than some other statistics.

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