Say What? NYC Taxi Driver Rep Says It’s OK For Drivers To Racially Profile

December 7, 2010  |  

(The Grio) — Fernando Mateo, the head of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers, probably needs lessons on diplomacy and leadership. One can’t imagine why the head of such an important organization would publicly support racial profiling in a world where criminals come in all races and genders. Mateo’s remarks came after Trevor Bell, a 53-year-old driver, was shot several times in a robbery. The gunman was identified to have been Hispanic, and was caught on video committing the crime. The robber got away with less than $100 after shooting Bell several times in his neck and legs, leaving the driver hospitalized. The tragedy was shocking, to be sure. Speaking at a press conference shortly after the incident, Matteo said, “I don’t care about racial profiling. You know, sometimes it is good we are racially profiled, because the God’s honest truth is that 99 percent of the people that are robbing, stealing, killing these drivers are blacks and Hispanics.”

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