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ACLU: Report shows evidence of ‘racially biased policing’

April 2, 2019 GMT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska says a state report illustrates the need for police officers to undergo new training to treat minority motorists more fairly.

The ACLU said Monday that the latest Nebraska Crime Commission report shows “racially biased policing is a persistent problem in Nebraska.”

The report echoed numbers in previous reports: The number of black drivers stopped, searched and arrested is far higher than their portion of the state’s overall population. It also says black drivers were twice as likely to be stopped last year as white drivers.

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ACLU of Nebraska attorney Rose Godinez says the data confirms “there is a clear need to recalibrate. We can’t continue to do the same things in terms of police training and watch the data about racial disparities in policing continue to rise.”

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