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Driving While Black or Brown: The California DWB Report

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Publication Date: January 2002

Publisher(s): American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California

Author(s): Michelle Alexander

Topic: Justice (Police and law enforcement)
Social conditions (Race relations)

Keywords: DWB; race; discrimination; police

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Racial profiling by law enforcement has long plagued communities of color, yet until recently was virtually ignored by the media, courts and public officials. In the past few years, the issue seized the attention of the public as never before, due in no small part to the data first released in New Jersey and Maryland proving what communities of color have always known to be true: Police routinely target people of color at grossly disproportionate rates for humiliating and often frightening detentions, interrogations and searches based not on any evidence of criminal activity, but rather on the color of one's skin.

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