Group outlining racial profiling concerns

American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina launched a campaign in Raleigh Tuesday
September 18, 2012 3:11:04 PM PDT
The North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union launched a campaign in Raleigh Tuesday in an attempt to put the brakes on racial profiling.

The civil rights organization said they want people who believe they were racially profiled during traffic stops to put those claims in writing.

They said they're hearing about more stops in minority communities than in white ones.

In some cases, they said police cooperated when contacted for information. Reginald Woods said he received a letter from the Internal Affairs Unit in Durham following a complaint.

Click here to read the Durham Police Department's general order on bias based policing

However, others are currently under review, like Lelynd Darkes' complaint of multiple race based stops in Raleigh between 2010 and 2011.

Click here to read a NC Advocates for Justice article provided by ACLU of North Carolina that talks Darkes' experiences.

A Raleigh Police Department spokesman said Darkes was cited for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and released on May 5, 2011, but did not comment on the case further. He also confirmed there's an RPD policy for non-biased policing.

Click here to read the Raleigh Police Department's general order on non-bias based policing

"My son Lelynd, like everyone, should have the freedom to drive legally through his community, his city, his state, with the confidence that he will not be randomly and unjustly stopped by police officers," Lelynd's mother Lynette Aytch said at the campaign launch in Raleigh.

The ACLU also referenced a 2012 study on racial disparities by UNC Professor Frank Baumgartner Tuesday.

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