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ACLU: Low-Level Infraction – e.g., Air Fresheners Hanging in Cars – Traffic Stops By Armed Police Should Stop!

ACLU: Low-Level Infraction – e.g., Air Fresheners Hanging in Cars – Traffic Stops By Armed Police Should Stop! | Newtown News of Interest | Scoop.it

Racial bias in traffic stops has been a focus of researchers and civil rights advocates for years. At Stanford University’s Open Policing Project, researchers analyzing more than 100 million traffic stops around the country found persistent racial disparities, with Black and Hispanic drivers more likely to be stopped and more likely to be searched. Collectively, officers found contraband at a lower rate among those searches than in searches of white drivers.

 

Traffic stops also have the potential to escalate, like the case of Mr. Wright, who was shot by a police officer after he got back into his car as the police tried to arrest him for an unrelated warrant. The officer, Kimberly A. Potter, who had shouted that she was preparing to use her Taser, resigned and was charged with second-degree manslaughter.

 

Paige Fernandez, a policing policy advocate at the American Civil Liberties Union, said low-level infractions such as expired registrations and air fresheners on mirrors should not be handled by armed police officers.

 

“The danger that police traffic stops pose greatly outweighs any benefit of having them engage in that,” Ms. Fernandez said.

 

“Even if you are polite, calm, even college-educated, the bottom line is that at the end of the day you are still Black,” Mr. Taylor said. “That’s all the cop sees and stereotypes.”

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