Required racial profiling reports not telling complete story

Required racial profiling reports not telling complete story
Longview News-Journal
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POSTED: Monday, March 24, 2014 - 9:25am

UPDATED: Monday, March 24, 2014 - 10:26am

The racial profiling data long required of law enforcement agencies in Texas may not be painting an accurate picture of what’s happening on the streets.

“You do have a percentage, albeit a small percentage, of officers who do engage in racial profiling,” said Alex del Carmen, Texas’ leading expert on tracking racial profiling. “The data is an indicator, but ... they are not going to tell you if (an officer) is profiling.”

What an officer does after making contact with a person, he said, is more telling than mere data on who is stopped.

Del Carmen’s got proof in Gregg County.

A recent city-ordered assessment revealed black residents of Gladewater felt they had been mistreated or their concerns ignored by that city’s police force — and that officers were using more force than necessary when dealing with blacks.
 

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