ACLU: Racial Disparities in State Police Searches

June 8, 2011  |  

(Chicago Tribune) — The Illinois chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint today asking the federal Department of Justice to investigate the Illinois State Police’s use of consent searches, arguing officers unfairly target minority drivers for search during traffic stops. The civil rights group has long pushed to ban such searches, citing data collected by the state that shows Hispanics and African Americans were two to three times more likely to be searched for contraband even though white motorists were more likely to be found in possession of drugs, alcohol or weapons.

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