CALIFORNIA TO CURTAIL TRAFFIC STOPS

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California Highway Patrol officers no longer will search vehicles without a good reason to suspect a crime. The state made the change to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by protesters of racial profiling. California is the first law enforcement agency in the U.S. to voluntarily stop asking motorists for permission to search vehicles, says the Los Angeles Times. The American Civil Liberties Union had filed suit on behalf of three minority motorists who said their vehicles were searched based only on their ethnicity. The ACLU said Latino drivers in California were three times as likely as whites to be stopped.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-search28feb28,1,4410369.story?coll=la%2Dhome%2Dheadlines

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