The police chief of Irving, Tx., disputed a California law school’s study saying there is strong evidence that Irving police racially profiled Hispanics to put them through an immigration deportation program, reports the Dallas Morning News. Chief Larry Boyd said researchers at the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity of the University of California Berkeley law school used faulty methods and discounted other police initiatives to reach their conclusions.
Aarti Kohli, a co-author of the study, said researchers used sound methodology and submitted their report to a peer review by a social scientist. The study said Irving police probably referred lawful residents to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency as part of Irving’s Criminal Alien Program, which checks the citizenship status of inmates. Boyd said that one major error was that researchers used surnames to determine ethnicity. Kohli said researchers also relied on where arrestees said they were born and on racial data that was provided in some instances.