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Racial Profiling by Law Enforcement

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The interviews excerpted here show that racially biased pretextual traffic stops have a

strong and immediate impact on the individual African-American drivers involved. These

stops are not the minor inconveniences they might seem to those who are not subjected to

them. Rather, they are experiences that can wound the soul and cause psychological scar

tissue to form. And the statistics show that these experiences are not simply disconnected

anecdotes or exaggerated versions of personal experiences, but rather established and

persistent patterns of law enforcement conduct. It may be that these stops do not spring

from racism on the part of individual officers, or even from the official policies of the

police departments for which they work. Nevertheless, the statistics leave little doubt

that, whatever the source of this conduct by police, it has a disparate and degrading

impact on blacks.

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