HBCU files complaint seeking review of bus searchNovember 21, 2022 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A historically Black university in North Carolina announced Monday that it has filed a complaint with the Department of Justice seeking a review of a search of a bus carrying students during a traffic stop in South Carolina last month.
Sheriff found in contempt in same case that ensnared ArpaioNovember 9, 2022 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday found the sheriff of metro Phoenix to be in civil contempt of court in the same racial profiling case in which his predecessor, Joe Arpaio, was found to be in contempt six years earlier.
Sheriff: ‘No truth’ in HBCU president’s comments on bus stopOctober 31, 2022 GMT
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff said a historically Black university president's statement accusing law enforcement officers of racial profiling in a recent bus stop was “just false.”
Tennessee man violently arrested claims racial profilingOctober 24, 2022 GMT
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man whose violent arrest for alleged traffic violations is under investigation by state police said Monday that he was stopped because he was a young Black man driving a nice car.
N Carolina sheriff who disparaged Black employees resignsOctober 24, 2022 GMT
WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A suspended North Carolina sheriff has resigned in the aftermath of a leaked audio recording in which he called Black employees by derogatory names and said they should be fired, his attorney announced Monday.
Preliminary OK given to settlement over meat plant raidOctober 20, 2022 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge gave preliminary approval Wednesday to a settlement that would provide more than $1 million to workers at a meat processing plant in Tennessee that was the subject of an immigration raid in 2018.
Comedians sue over drug search program at Atlanta airportOctober 11, 2022 GMT
ATLANTA (AP) — Comedians Eric André and Clayton English are challenging a police program at the Atlanta airport they say violates the constitutional rights of airline passengers, particularly Black passengers, through racial profiling and coercive searches just as they are about to board their flights.
NC judge suspends sheriff taped disparaging Black employeesOctober 5, 2022 GMT
WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina judge has suspended a sheriff who was recorded calling Black employees by derogatory names and saying they should be fired.
Walmart ordered to pay Oregon man $4.4M for racial profilingAugust 23, 2022 GMT
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — DDA Multnomah County grand jury has ordered Walmart to pay $4.4 million in damages to a man who sued the store, saying he was racially profiled and harassed by a Walmart employee at a Portland, Oregon, area store in 2020.
UK watchdog probes police stop of sprinter dos SantosAugust 16, 2022 GMT
LONDON (AP) — Britain’s police watchdog is investigating after armed officers pulled over Portuguese sprinter Ricardo dos Santos' car in London two years after a traffic stop of the athlete led to accusations of racial profiling.
Police sued over wrongful arrest deny racial profiling claimAugust 5, 2022 GMT
BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts police department whose officers are accused of wrongfully arresting a Black man while pursuing a white suspect said Friday that an outside investigation found no evidence of racial profiling.
Report: Mexico’s immigration enforcement relies on militaryMay 24, 2022 GMT
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s immigration enforcement is increasingly militarized with the armed forces and National Guard now accounting for more migrant detentions than immigration agents, according to a report published Tuesday by six nongovernmental organizations.
Suit alleges racial profiling in 2021 Louisiana traffic stopMarch 26, 2022 GMT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Two Black men claim in a new federal lawsuit that they were subjected to an illegal, racially motivated and humiliating traffic stop and search last year by deputies in Louisiana's St.
Maine lawmakers consider ending minor offense traffic stopsMarch 8, 2022 GMT
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine lawmakers are considering a bill that would ban police from pulling over people for minor offenses in an attempt to reduce racial profiling in the state.
The proposal would eliminate what are called pretextual traffic stops — stops for minor offenses that can become an investigation into something else.
Harvard professor’s trial a test of DOJ’s China prosecutionsDecember 14, 2021 GMT
BOSTON (AP) — The trial of a Harvard University professor charged with hiding his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program is the latest bellwether in the U.S. Justice Department's controversial effort to crackdown on economic espionage by China.
Evidence tossed in case that started racial profiling debateNovember 16, 2021 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that evidence seized by police officers during a traffic stop cannot be used in a case that has touched off a debate about racial profiling in Maine.
Arpaio legal tab hits $100M as taxpayers foot his last billsOctober 29, 2021 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) — Nearly five years after Joe Arpaio was voted out as sheriff of Arizona's most populous county, taxpayers have covered one of the last major bills from the thousands of lawsuits the lawman's headline-grabbing tactics inspired — and the overall legal tab has hit $100 million.
Louisiana police boss says he’s open to federal oversightSeptember 11, 2021 GMT
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The head of the Louisiana State Police said Friday he wants to know why 67% of his agency’s uses of force in recent years have been directed at Black people, and would welcome a U.S.
Young Sikhs still struggle with post-Sept. 11 discriminationSeptember 7, 2021 GMT
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Sikh entrepreneur Balbir Singh Sodhi was killed at his Arizona gas station four days after the Sept. 11 attacks by a man who declared he was “going to go out and shoot some towel-heads” and mistook him for an Arab Muslim.
Chicago officer on desk duty after struggle with Black womanAugust 31, 2021 GMT
CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer has been placed on administrative duty as the city's police oversight agency investigates his struggle with a Black woman who was walking her dog in a lakefront park.
Chicago agency probes officer’s encounter with Black womanAugust 31, 2021 GMT
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s police oversight agency is investigating a white officer's struggle with a Black woman who was walking her dog in a lakefront park, an encounter the woman's attorneys allege became violent and was an “obvious case of racial profiling."
Rights groups take French racial profiling case to top bodyJuly 22, 2021 GMT
PARIS (AP) — After months of government silence, leading rights organizations and grassroots groups on Thursday took France’s first class-action lawsuit targeting the nation’s powerful police machine to the highest administrative authority to fix what they contend is a culture of systemic discrimination in identity checks.
ACLU calls on Cranston police to end traffic stop quotaJuly 19, 2021 GMT
CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) — A civil liberties organization on Monday called on a Rhode Island city to halt what it says is an illegal traffic stop quota by its police department.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island said the Cranston Police Department has for years required officers to stop a minimum of two cars during their patrol shifts.
Investigation finds no pattern of profiling by trooperJuly 13, 2021 GMT
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An investigation of more than 1,000 traffic stops found no pattern of racial profiling by a state trooper accused of targeting a Black motorist, the state police chief said Tuesday.
Paris police release rapper Lil Baby, hand him drug fineJuly 9, 2021 GMT
PARIS (AP) — Paris police released rapper Lil Baby from custody on Friday after fining him for having cannabis in his car, according to the city prosecutor's office. He was stopped along with NBA star James Harden, who was frisked but not detained.
Iowa governor signs measure heightening protest penaltiesJune 17, 2021 GMT
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law Thursday a pro-police measure that heightens criminal penalties for certain protest activities, drawing complaints from activists that the changes undermine her promises last year to consider a racial profiling ban and other efforts to prevent officers from mistreating minorities.
Newspaper carrier confronted by sheriff files $5M tort claimJune 16, 2021 GMT
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A Black newspaper carrier confronted by Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer has filed a legal claim seeking at least $5 million in damages.
Attorneys representing Sedrick Altheimer submitted the tort claim against the county on Tuesday, contending Troyer’s actions during the Jan.
Penzone won’t contest civil contempt claim in profiling caseJune 11, 2021 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) — The sheriff of metro Phoenix will not contest a claim that he is in civil contempt of court in the same racial profiling case in which his predecessor, Joe Arpaio, was found to be in contempt.
Judge says Arpaio’s successor will face contempt hearingJune 3, 2021 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge said Thursday that he will hold a contempt of court hearing against the sheriff of metro Phoenix in the same racial profiling case that led to contempt rulings against his predecessor, Joe Arpaio.
Arizona sheriff’s immigration patrols to cost public $200MMay 18, 2021 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) — The costs to taxpayers from a racial profiling lawsuit stemming from former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s immigration patrols in metro Phoenix a decade ago are expected to reach $202 million by summer 2022.
Belgium’s police-related racial violence concerns UN bodyMay 3, 2021 GMT
BRUSSELS (AP) — A U.N. rights committee expressed concerns Monday about police-related racial violence in Belgium and asked the country to allow thorough investigations of the alleged incidents...
Comedian says he was racially profiled; police deny wrongApril 22, 2021 GMT
ATLANTA (AP) — A comedian called it racial profiling, but a police department working at Atlanta's airport describes what happened as a “consensual encounter...
Racial profiling by French police challenged in class actionJanuary 27, 2021 GMT
PARIS (AP) — Three leading rights organizations joined with grassroots groups Wednesday to launch France’s first class action suit targeting the country’s massive police machine, contending that it lawfully propagates a culture leading to systemic discrimination in identity checks...
Police: Black teens wrongly detained at Target in CaliforniaJanuary 24, 2021 GMT
VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles County sheriff’s department has said three teens, who are Black, were wrongly detained at a Target store in Westlake Village during a grand theft investigation last week...
Police put out new video of woman confronting Black teenDecember 31, 2020 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Police have released a new video clip showing a woman trying to tackle a Black teenager after falsely accusing him of stealing her phone at a New York City hotel...
Berkeley moves toward removing police from traffic stopsJuly 15, 2020 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After hours of emotional public testimony and a middle-of-the-night vote by Berkeley leaders, the progressive California city is moving forward with a novel proposal to replace police with unarmed civilians during traffic stops in a bid to curtail racial profiling...
Berkeley to consider removing police from traffic stopsJuly 14, 2020 GMT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The politically liberal city of Berkeley in Northern California is considering a proposal to shift traffic enforcement from armed police to unarmed city workers in a bid to curb racial profiling and reduce law enforcement encounters that can turn deadly, especially for Black drivers...
German government split over police racial profiling studyJuly 6, 2020 GMT
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's top security and justice officials are at odds over calls to study the use of racial profiling by police, a practice that human rights activists say is widespread in the country...
Muslims join to demand police reforms, back black-led groupsJune 15, 2020 GMT
In the wake of George Floyd's death in police custody, dozens of American Muslim organizations have come together to call for reform to policing practices, and to support black-led organizations...
4 ‘Vanderpump’ regulars ousted over slurs, racial profilingJune 10, 2020 GMT
NEW YORK (AP) — Four cast members are not returning for another season of Bravo’s “Vanderpump Rules” — two over their racist social media posts, and the others after they racially profiled a coworker...
IBM quits facial recognition, joins call for police reformsJune 9, 2020 GMT
IBM is getting out of the facial recognition business, saying it's concerned about how the technology can be used for mass surveillance and racial profiling...
Gap in stops of white, minority drivers shrinks for 2nd yearMay 5, 2020 GMT
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The disparity between the rate of police traffic stops in Connecticut of black and Hispanic drivers and of their white counterparts shrank for a second consecutive year in 2018, according to a state report released Tuesday.
Activist sues for St. Louis police data on racial profilingNovember 14, 2019 GMT
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A self-described advocate for police accountability is suing St. Louis for the release of police stop records that he believes could prove certain officers target black motorists but that he says the police department has refused to supply.
The Latest: Police deny existence of traffic stop recordsNovember 14, 2019 GMT
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit for St. Louis police traffic stops records (all times local):
The St. Louis city attorney says police deny the existence of traffic stop records that an activist is seeking.
Charge dropped against man arrested after speaking SpanishOctober 22, 2019 GMT
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Federal prosecutors dismissed a felony charge against a Guatemalan who was arrested after coming to the attention of Border Patrol agents for speaking Spanish in public in a case that raised concerns about racial profiling...
At 87, Joe Arpaio is running for his old job as sheriffSeptember 23, 2019 GMT
FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. (AP) — In a memorabilia-packed office that could serve as a museum to his career, Joe Arpaio plots how he might, at the age of 87, get back his old job as the sheriff of metro Phoenix...
Civilian board OKs use of facial recognition by Detroit copsSeptember 19, 2019 GMT
DETROIT (AP) — A board that oversees Detroit police has approved the use of facial recognition technology to investigate crimes...
Deadline looms for Latinos detained by Arpaio’s officersNovember 30, 2018 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) — Latinos who were illegally detained when then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio defied a court order face a Monday deadline to apply for taxpayer-funded compensation for the harm they suffered from his acknowledged disobedience...
County opposes more time to find victims of detentionsNovember 9, 2018 GMT
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County is opposing a request to give Latinos six more months to apply for taxpayer-funded compensation after they were illegally detained when then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio defied a 2011 court order...
Candidate says she was told she needed permit to campaignNovember 1, 2018 GMT
MIDDLEFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Republican candidate for Connecticut's state legislature says she was stopped by a state trooper while going door-to-door and told she would need a permit to campaign...
Oregon voters deciding fate of pioneering sanctuary lawOctober 25, 2018 GMT
INDEPENDENCE, Ore. (AP) — Delmiro Trevino, a U.S. citizen born in Texas, was waiting for a meal in a restaurant in Independence, Oregon, in 1977 when three sheriff's deputies and a policewoman demanded he show documents proving he was an American...
Cory Booker says he’s prepared to face consequences for releasing secret Brett Kavanaugh documentsSeptember 7, 2018 GMT
Sen. Cory Booker released secret documents from Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh's records Thursday, declaring himself a legislative "Spartacus" for his willingness to flout the rules in order to try to derail President Trump's Supreme Court nominee.
Student’s racial profiling charge goes nationalAugust 10, 2018 GMT
A student from a New Orleans university who was on a school-related cultural trip to New Mexico had a run-in last week with a Santa Fe Allsup’s employee that made national news.
NAACP investigating racial profiling claimMay 27, 2018 GMT
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TIMMONSIVLLE, S.C. — The NAACP is conducting an internal investigation into a report made by the Timmonsville branch president alleging racial profiling.
Our D.C. Bureau State to share police profiling dataMay 2, 2018 GMT
WASHINGTON — Connecticut is the first state to enlist in a nationwide bid to share law enforcement racial profiling data it collects from individual police departments and state police.
“What I want to see built in the nation is a system that’s not based on perceptions or ideas or bias, but that’s based on reality,” said Connecticut Gov.
Illinois debates effectiveness of racial profile dataApril 28, 2018 GMT
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A state law requiring police departments to keep statistics on the race of motorists they pull over is set to expire, and debate is underway about whether the 14-year-old program is effective or simply an expensive, burdensome task for officers...
Man says FBI pressured him to recant racial profiling claimMarch 28, 2018 GMT
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A young law student's story of being racially profiled by campus police at the University of Virginia in 2011 drew outrage in Charlottesville, a liberal college enclave that boasts of its inclusiveness...
Case Western Reserve University apologizes after officers demanded Councilman Kevin Conwell produce ID while he walked through campusMarch 14, 2018 GMT
Case Western Reserve University apologizes after officers demanded Councilman Kevin Conwell produce ID while he walked through campus
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Case Western Reserve University's president called to apologize to Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell, who was stopped and questioned by university police Friday while Conwell was walking through campus.
Only on AP: For NFL players, racial profiling often personalFebruary 1, 2018 GMT
A son who saw a police officer hold a gun to his father's head. A husband whose wife was pulled over driving a Bentley...