ICSAA Files Bill To Stop Racial Profiling

The Iowa Commission on the Status of African-Americans pre-filed a legislative bill in November calling for a statewide study of stops for traffic violations by law enforcement officers. The measure would require the collection of racial information whenever a motorist is stopped, whether or not a citation is issued. The purpose of the bill is to address the issue of racial profiling. At each of its public hearings conducted in seven cities statewide, the ICSAA received testimony from African-American citizens regarding the unfair targeting of African-American motorists by law enforcement officers for traffic stops and investigations. This practice, termed "racial profiling", has legitimized the notion that people of color are more likely to violate drug laws and has violated the civil rights of many African-Americans. The commission believes that a critical analysis of this issue must be conducted before a determination can be made regarding remedial measures. Racial profiling has led to a disparate number of African-American arrests and ultimately, disproportionate rates of incarceration, specifically 1 in 12 African-Americans compared to 1 in 110 whites in Iowa. Many African-American students, business owners and professionals have been harassed and humiliated on Iowa highways for no other reason than their skin color.

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