LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky police chief says a traffic stop of a black college president and pastor last year wasn't racial profiling.
California police report almost no racial profiling
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's first-in-the-nation attempt to track racial profiling complaints against police produced numbers so unrealistically small that the board overseeing the tally...
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A racial profiling report released by Austin police shows that black and Hispanic drivers pulled over in traffic stops were more than twice as likely to be searched than their...
Michigan officer on leave amid uproar over veteran detention
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan police officer has been placed on administrative leave after activists accused him of racial profiling by notifying immigration officials about the...
Michigan police knocked over role in veteran’s detention
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Activists are calling for the firing of a western Michigan police officer whom they accuse of racial profiling by notifying immigration officials about the arrest of a...
Council approves law barring officers from racial profiling
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Iowa (AP) — A city surrounded by Iowa City has banned racial and other types of profiling by police officers.
The University Heights City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to adopt the ordinance.
Family seeks $20M for Calif. police shooting of black man
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The family of a 22-year-old unarmed black man killed by police last year filed a wrongful death lawsuit Monday seeking more than $20 million from the city of Sacramento and the two officers who opened fire.
The federal lawsuit filed on behalf of Stephon Clark's two sons, his parents and his grandparents contends that officers used excessive force and that he was a victim of racial profiling.
Board tables vote on police certification for ex-Arpaio aide
PHOENIX (AP) — The board that certifies police officers in Arizona tabled a vote on whether to launch a disciplinary case against former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's top aide for misconduct in a racial profiling lawsuit.
The Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board was unable to vote over the fate of former Chief Deputy Jerry Sheridan's certification because three board members recused themselves from the matter, with one citing his friendship with Sheridan.
US basketball player says Milan police racially profiled him
MILAN (AP) — American basketball player Mike James says he was racially profiled by Milan police who pointed guns at him and two friends after being stopped on the street — a claim that police deny.
James, an African-American who plays for Olimpia Milano, tweeted, "Me and my friends Just profiled by the police smh (shaking my head) it happens even in Europe."
Arizona agency wrestles with bias amid post-Arpaio overhaul
PHOENIX (AP) — Two years after defeating longtime metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Paul Penzone is steadily making progress in carrying out a massive court-ordered overhaul of a beleaguered agency that was found to have racially profiled Latinos.
Deadline looms for Latinos detained by Arpaio’s officers
PHOENIX (AP) — Latinos who were illegally detained when then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio defied a court order face a Monday deadline to apply for taxpayer-funded compensation for the harm they suffered from his acknowledged disobedience.
PSG to face disciplinary board for racial profiling
PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain is facing possible disciplinary action by the French league for its scouts' use of racial profiling.
The French Football Federation ethics board said after hearings on Friday with PSG director general Jean-Claude Blanc and others that it decided to forward the case to the French league's disciplinary commission.
The federation's statement said the hearings established "that files mentioning an ethnic origin were indeed used in PSG recruitment cells until 2018."
Des Moines council urged to adopt ban on racial profiling
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Des Moines City Council has been urged to adopt a ban on racial profiling by police.
Creation of a civilian review board was among the proposals aired at the council meeting Monday night. The proposals include bans on what were described as "pretextual stops": traffic stops in which police use minor traffic violations as excuses to pull over people officers find suspicious because of their race or sex.
Lord & Taylor resolves racial profiling allegations
BOSTON (AP) — The attorney general of Massachusetts says department store Lord & Taylor has agreed to pay a $100,000 penalty, train its staff and improve its shoplifting prevention procedures to settle allegations that it disproportionately targeted minority shoppers for surveillance and apprehension.
County opposes more time to find victims of detentions
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County is opposing a request to give Latinos six more months to apply for taxpayer-funded compensation after they were illegally detained when then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio defied a 2011 court order.
Longtime leader of ACLU’s Southern California chapter dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ramona Ripston, a longtime activist who built up the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California into a major organization, has died. She was 91.
Ripston died Saturday at her home after several years of illness, said David Colker, a spokesman for the chapter.
Candidate says she was told she needed permit to campaign
MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Connecticut's state legislature says she was stopped by a state trooper while going door-to-door and told she would need a permit to campaign.
The Rev. Ernestine Holloway, who is black, says the incident occurred last week and she believes it was a case of racial profiling.
Holloway is running against Democratic state Rep. Buddy Altobello of Meriden.
Oregon voters deciding fate of pioneering sanctuary law
INDEPENDENCE, Ore. (AP) — Delmiro Trevino, a U.S. citizen born in Texas, was waiting for a meal in a restaurant in Independence, Oregon, in 1977 when three sheriff's deputies and a policewoman demanded he show documents proving he was an American.
"I was ashamed. It wasn't right, what they were doing," Trevino, now 67 with gray hair, said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press.
More time sought to find victims of Arpaio detentions
PHOENIX (AP) — A judge who ordered taxpayer-funded compensation for Latinos who were illegally detained when then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio defied a 2011 court order in a racial profiling case is being asked to give the victims six more months to apply for the money.
APNewsBreak: Police hire linked to excessive force lawsuit
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A law enforcement veteran named on Thursday to manage an Albuquerque police unit for dispatchers and real-time crime analysts was accused decades ago in a lawsuit of using excessive force while conducting a traffic stop as a New Jersey state trooper.
Iowa high court hears arguments in police stop case
The Iowa Supreme Court will determine whether the police practice of using minor infractions as a pretext for stopping drivers they suspect of more serious crimes violates the Iowa Constitution in a case civil liberty groups say has major implications for police racial profiling.
Report: Blacks more likely to be arrested for pot possession
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Black people in Louisiana are nearly three times as likely as white people to be arrested on a marijuana possession charge, a report on racial profiling says.
Police called on black UMass employee walking to work
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A longtime employee of the University of Massachusetts Amherst who says he was questioned by plainclothes officers after someone called police to report an "agitated" black male on campus said he was clearly a victim of racial profiling.
Civil rights groups push Iowa law banning racial profiling
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Civil rights organizations in Iowa are appealing to the Iowa Legislature and Gov. Kim Reynolds to ban racial profiling after two young black men filed a lawsuit against Des Moines police for a traffic stop they say was unconstitutional.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says 30 states have laws prohibiting racial profiling, but Iowa doesn't.
2 black men sue Des Moines police, alleging racial profiling
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Two young black men filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that they were racially profiled by two white Des Moines police officers who pulled over their car for no apparent reason and handcuffed one of them while searching the vehicle without a warrant or probable cause.
BOSTON (AP) — Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley has picked up a major endorsement in her bid to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano.
Attorney General Maura Healey, also a Democrat, said in a letter to her supporters on Monday that Pressley "shares our values, and our priorities." Healey noted that she has worked with Pressley for years on issues including racial profiling, predatory lending and sexual violence.
DERBY, Conn. (AP) — A complaint of racial profiling at a fireworks show has sparked an investigation of a group of Connecticut police officers.
The New Haven Register reports several Derby officers are a part of the probe that began with a complaint filed on July 5 by a woman about an alleged occurrence of racial profiling at the annual fireworks show in the area.
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Several African Americans are suing big-box stores and restaurants in Oregon, claiming employees at those places wrongly accused them of stealing because they were "shopping while black."
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Texas law enforcement officers providing immigration authorities with details of motorists who have been cited and are suspected of being in the country illegally could be engaging in racial profiling, according to civil rights advocates.
Waterloo council OKs traffic ticket program
WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The City Council has given its final approval for a traffic ticket program in Waterloo.
The council voted 6-1 in favor at its meeting Monday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nearly four years after protests in Ferguson raised concerns about racial profiling of blacks in Missouri, a report from the state attorney general shows that African-American drivers are 85 percent more likely to be pulled over than whites — the highest percentage in the 18 years the state has compiled data.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed a bill that would require driving schools to teach students what to do when they get pulled over by police.
Democratic Rep. Joseph McNamara introduced the bill, which the House passed Tuesday.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A federal magistrate has rejected a bid by four Fort Wayne police officers to countersue a woman who accuses them of racial profiling and excessive force.
Keiona Harrison's federal lawsuit alleges that the officers grabbed her, threw her over a car, handcuffed and later cavity-searched her in May 2017 after she noticed her cousin under arrest outside a pharmacy.
Harrison, who's an Allen County probation officer, contends the officers violated her constitutional rights.
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona county can be held liable for the policies of a former sheriff whose department was found to have discriminated against Latinos, a federal appeals court said in an opinion Monday.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued an opinion saying that Maricopa County is also responsible for policies carried out by former Sheriff Joe Arpaio when he was in office.
Illinois debates effectiveness of racial profile data
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state law requiring police departments to keep statistics on the race of motorists they pull over is set to expire, and debate is underway about whether the 14-year-old program is effective or simply an expensive, burdensome task for officers.
Council moves to look into city’s own racial profiling, implicit bias
The arrest of two Black men who were merely sitting in a Rittenhouse Square-area Starbucks has triggered the city to consider probing its own employee policies.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer.
He thought nothing of it when he and his childhood friend and business partner, Donte Robinson, were approached at their table and were asked if they needed help. The 23-year-old entrepreneurs declined, explaining they were just waiting for a business meeting.
Facing Pressure, Starbucks Offers Bias Training
Racial profiling bill dies in Alabama Legislature
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A racial profiling bill - a top priority of African-American lawmakers this year - died on the last day of the Alabama legislative session Thursday when it did not get a vote in the House.
Racial profiling bill stalls again in House
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives did not vote Wednesday on legislation to track race data in traffic stops, further stalling a bill that is the session's top priority for African-American lawmakers.
Lawmakers anticipated Wednesday as the last legislative day but crucial bills, including the education budget, did not pass.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A young law student's story of being racially profiled by campus police at the University of Virginia in 2011 drew outrage in Charlottesville, a liberal college enclave that boasts of its inclusiveness.
When he recanted weeks later, he was branded a liar and an example of what's wrong with affirmative action. One editorial writer called him a "race hoax hustler."
A mystery panhandler ignites a useful conversation on police racial profiling: Phillip Morris
A mystery panhandler ignites a useful conversation on police racial profiling: Phillip Morris
House delays vote on bill to track race in traffic stops
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama House of Representatives did not vote Tuesday on anti-racial profiling legislation, ratcheting up the stakes on what could be the final day of the legislative session.
Divided Senate delays vote on ethics exemption
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A divided Alabama Senate delayed a vote on a proposal to exempt economic developers from the state law that governs lobbyists.
Senators on Tuesday postponed a vote as the proposal threatened to get bogged down in an unrelated filibuster because an anti-racial profiling bill had stalled in the House of Representatives.
Senators had also engaged in contentious debate over whether the ethics exemption is a job recruitment necessity or a dangerous new hole in the ethics law.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland police officers must adhere to a new "bias-free" policing policy approved by a federal judge.
Cleveland.com reports the move announced Friday is the latest reform under a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice that the city agreed to in 2015. The agreement was designed to end what federal officials say was a pattern of unconstitutional policing.
Judge OK’s new Cleveland police policy that expressly prohibits racial profiling
Judge OK's new Cleveland police policy that expressly prohibits racial profiling
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A federal judge on Friday signed an order approving a new bias-free policing policy that must be adhered to by all city of Cleveland's police officers.
CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A suburban St. Louis police officer has returned to duty about five years after he was fired over racial profiling allegations.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi says it has new evidence in its racial profiling lawsuit against a county in central Mississippi.
The lawsuit says the Madison County Sheriff's Department unconstitutionally targets black drivers and pedestrians in majority-black neighborhoods and disproportionately subjects them to searches and seizures.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama would have to collect data on traffic stops to prevent racial profiling, under a bill endorsed Wednesday by a committee in the state House.
The bill by state Sen. Rodger Smitherman, a Birmingham Democrat, would require officers to record the race of a person pulled over in a traffic stop. Police would submit data annually to the state attorney general's office, which would withhold funds from agencies that didn't follow the law.