Do you know how often people are pulled over by police for Driving While Black (DWB)?
In 1999 Connecticut adopted one of the country's first racial profiling prohibitions. This law required the Chief State's Attorney to come up with a form that all Police Departments would use to gather demographic information on who was being stopped and why they were stopped. This information was then supposed to be compiled, analyzed, and reported on. This would have allowed the people of Connecticut to know just how often people were pulled over for DWB. Having this information will help combat racial profiling. Sadly the Chief's State's Attorney's office never complied with this law, the forms were never developed, and the information was never gathered, so no, we don't know how often racial profiling actually occurs in traffic stops.
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We need your help to change this. The ACLU of Connecticut is working with legislators to pass a bill that will have the Office of Policy and Management and the Criminal Justice Information System Governing Board take the lead on enforcing this act. Finally we will have a chance to see the level of racial profiling that occurs in traffic stops and this discriminatory activity will no longer go unmonitored and unchecked. But this will only happen with your legislators support and they will only support it if they hear from their constituents like you.
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