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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Racial Profiling problem at Portland Police Bureau

According to an article from The Oregonian today, Portland Police Bureau Chief Rosie Sizer addressed the problem her department has with racial profiling.

A 36 page report released by the Bureau shows that in 2007 Portland Police Officers searched people of color more often than whites during traffic stops.

A point of interest. According to Bureau data, minority drivers who were searched were found to possess contraband at lower rates compared to whites who were searched during stops.

To remedy the problems within her Bureau, Sizer pledges to diversify the force, improve officer training and relations within the community.

The full story from The Oregonian can be found here



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