DWB: Driving While Black

Incidents in New Jersey and Maryland heat up the issue of racial profiling by state highway patrols

Let me make this very clear," announced Maryland's chief state trooper, Colonel David Mitchell, to a group of reporters last week. "The Maryland state police has not, does not, nor will it ever condone the use of race-based profiling" in stopping cars on highways.

Yeah, sure, responded skeptical African Americans, from U.S. Congressmen to manual laborers.

Mitchell was responding to a federal lawsuit filed last week by 11 black motorists and backed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Maryland N.A.A.C.P. The suit claims that state troopers, who have stepped up efforts to nail drug couriers, have targeted...

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