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I INTRODUCTION Let me make this very clear The Maryland State police has not does not nor will it ever condone the use of race-based profiling in determining which cars to stop on the highway1 Chief State Trooper Colonel David Mitchell issued this statement in response to a lawsuit filed against the Maryland State Troopers The suit was filed on behalf of African-American motorists who alleged that these officers had engaged in a practice of targeting black motorists for traffic stops along the Interstate 95 To support their claim the plaintiffs presented statistics that strongly rebutted Mitchells statement relating to the use of race profiling in traffic stops Using the state troopers own records a stark pattern of discriminatory law enforcement was presented to the court From 1995 to 1997 75 of drivers who traveled through Maryland along the I-95 were white but over 70 of those who were stopped and searched along this highway were black2 This undeniable pattern of race-based stops by the Maryland police is a dilemma that millions of African-American and Latino-American motorists regularly encounter on this countrys highways This phenomenon has been sardonically dubbed as being pulled over for DWB Driving While Black or Brown This play on words of DWI Driving While Intoxicated refers to the commonly employed police practice of using an alleged traffic violation as a pretext to stop any black or Hispanic motorist they suspect of being involved in criminal activity unrelated to driving These officers have no legal cause for carrying out the stop besides enforcing traffic regulations Being subjected to a DWB stop is according to House Representative John Conyers Jr an experience that virtually every African-American male has been subjected to3 Even African-American actors athletes business professionals and Congressmen are not immune4 In Christopher Dardens book In Contempt the former Simpson prosecuting attorney accounted his own personal experiences with the Los Angeles Police Department5 While driving his Mercedes in Southern
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