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DOJ to Conduct Racial Profiling Study

April 28, 2014  | 

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday said it will begin collecting data on stops, searches and arrests made in five U.S. cities to weed out possible racial biases within the criminal justice system.

Later this year, a $4.75 million federal grant will be awarded to recipients who compete for the funds to work with their local law enforcement to analyze arrest data and find ways to reduce any biases they find, particularly toward young minority men, the Reuters reports.

Attorney General Eric Holder said the data collection effort is in response to President Barack Obama's call for better relations between law enforcement and young men of color following the "not guilty" verdict in the shooting death of black Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

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Troop @ 4/28/2014 2:31 PM

Why does Holder say that this study was in response to the Martin shooting. There was no police involvement during the commission of the incident. This was civilian on civilian action.

Dep @ 4/28/2014 3:38 PM

We profile criminals, that's our job. What race they are is a matter of stats. I don't care what color or race you are, if your acting suspicious, I'm looking closer. Looking at stats in certain areas means only that it is a high crime area of a particular race.

murgy01 @ 4/28/2014 3:45 PM

Holder is delusional . Stats dont lie. He doesnt want to admit it though. He needs to clean up his own house first. Thats where all the corruption and lies are ..

Off.John @ 4/28/2014 4:00 PM

Collecting this data in Illinois is mandatory. The statistics that have been collected for several years don't support what they thought. It turns out the demographics and stops are pretty close, only a slight variation. But the ACLU and of course minority legislators want to continue with this unfunded mandate. I don't support stopping anyone based on merely how they look, unless they match the description of who I am looking for, but it seems like a way of making officers question why they are doing their job. Every day I get more and more disillusioned with this profession. What a shame as I really felt I could make a difference. Unfortunately there are groups who could care less.

Steve @ 4/28/2014 5:38 PM

The police did NOT shoot Trayvon Martin an idiot wanna be neighborhood watchman did.
Goes to show the stupidity of this administration.

TheRookie @ 4/28/2014 6:17 PM

With-Holder @ Dept. of No-Justice needs to start on his own back door step before he starts on any other agency's door steps. Stupid Is as Stupid Does.

Retired NY Boss @ 4/28/2014 8:26 PM

Oh please. So glad I'm retired. This crap is getting so tedious.

Ray @ 4/28/2014 9:19 PM

Would be nice to know the 5 cities just for info.

Capt. Crunch @ 4/28/2014 9:42 PM

I agree with NY Boss, all I can say to the young police officers is treat people the way you want to be treated and when your involved with people that you might arrest is to pretend you are in a court of law and a bunch of jurors are watching you. Remember we all need you.

Morning Eagle @ 4/29/2014 1:10 AM

The way obama and holder have set up the DOInjustice they certainly have no room to be "investigating" any other organization for so-called profiling since they and their staff engage in that practice every day. What a disgusting bunch of two-faced liars.

Greg @ 4/29/2014 3:55 AM

"...idiot wanna be neighborhood watchman did"

Well, isn't that a special description mimicking the prosecution and all of St. Trayvon's drooling supporters. Is that you Eric? Jesse? Al? Tawanna?

Johnny Law @ 4/29/2014 6:50 AM

No surprise here as Holder is the biggest racist to hold the office! He won't investigate the Black Panthers threating citizens at voting precincts with billy clubs but wastes taxpayer money on this crap because he didn't like the jurys verdict. Travon was shot by a citizen not by a police officer. It was ruled self defense so move on. What a waste Eric Holder is with his racist agenda!

Marshal @ 4/29/2014 8:51 AM

So exactly how does a racial profiling study improve the relations between the police and "young men of color"? To me it alienates the police and shows "young me of color" they can do what they want and scream it was because of their color they got arrested and not the fact that they committed a crime.

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