Sacramento police officers, taking part in a state-mandated course on racial profiling, are discussing with community members the results of a local traffic stop study, the Sacramento Bee reports. Instructor Lt. Kevin Gardner, an African American, encourages officers to think about their motives and preconceptions as they enforce the law.
A police study in February found that Sacramento city officers stop African Americans at nearly twice the rate of their portion of the driving-age population. David De Luz, president of the NAACP’s Sacramento chapter, said, “The data shows something regardless of how they want to define it away or explain it away.”
Gardner maintains there is no systemic racial profiling problem in the Sacramento Police Department.
In New Jersey, 12-year-old videotapes that sources say show two New Jersey state troopers uttering racial slurs and tampering with evidence have surfaced, sparking a new investigation into racism and misconduct. A civilian friend of the troopers taped them while riding with them on the New Jersey Turnpike, said the Philadelphia Inquirer.