In this screen grab from police body camera footage shown in court in the trial of Kim Potter, the Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer reacts after the April 11 traffic stop in which Daunte Wright was fatally shot. Although this decades-old problem cannot be solved overnight, it is time to launch an all-out frontal assault on DWB. Justice Department, law enforcement officials and state and federal legislators to join us in a comprehensive, five-part battle plan against the scourge of racial profiling. As events in New Jersey demonstrate, even when faced with a lawsuit, statistical evidence from independent experts, public pressure and intensive news coverage, officials in law enforcement and government are not eager to acknowledge the problem of racial profiling. Carl Williams, New Jersey’s Chief of Troopers, was dismissed in March 1999 by Governor Christine Todd Whitman soon after a news article appeared in which he defended profiling because, he said, «mostly minorities» trafficked in marijuana and cocaine.

Barry also said that he would be charged with speeding as well as failure to identify, but Morton asserted Barry did not tell him what his charges were when he was pulled over. In a statement immediately after the August 2020 incident the Aurora Police Department pledged to examine training and procedures. While she doesn’t believe Dasko is the only officer to blame for what happened to Gilliam and the way her family was treated, she said she remembers how cold he seemed while she also pleaded with him to get the kids off the ground.

Anna tweeted a photo of a New York Daily News article about her case on Sept. 30. This week she told a angry group of activists, many of whom were holding Black Lives Matter signs, that the authorities had killed an innocent man. Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who shot and killed Castile, has been placed on leave. In January, the 32-year-old, was convicted of allegedly twice leaving his vehicle abandoned on ‘public/private property without consent’. The violations included failure to wear a seat belt, speeding , driving after a revocation, no proof of insurance, improper display of original plate and parking infractions. A report by the Mail Online revealed that Philando Castile, 32, had paid hundreds of dollars in road fines after being found guilty of 43 separate offences.

This demonstrates that searches are based on race, not results. In Rhode Island, the Providence Journal-Bulletin reported last year that as far back as 1990, the Rhode Island ACLU has been investigating complaints from Hispanics that they were being unfairly targeted on I-95. At the time, U.S. attorney Lincoln Almond claimed that Hispanics were dominating the cocaine and heroin trades in the United States and were defendants in more than 90 percent of drug cases. When we make a stop, it’s not based on race or gender or anything of that nature. It’s based on probable cause that some law is being broken, whether it’s traffic or otherwise.


The agency released a statement on Monday identifying Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, as the officer involved in the deadly shooting. At a press conference Monday, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said he believes the female officer — identified by authorities as Kim Potter — intended to deploy her stun gun when she «accidentally» shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright. A third video showed a different person kicking in the front door of the house while their friends laughed and cheered them on. For Wright’s family, the initial shock of losing the 20-year-old, whom they describe as a new father who had a whole life ahead of him,” is still overwhelming. The family has retained civil-rights attorney Ben Crump, who has previously represented the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. The Hennepin County District Court maintained it sent a notice of the hearing to Wright’s most recent address on file in March, and that it was never returned as undeliverable.

After Morales denied the officer entry, Kovach threatened to arrest her and confessed that he used the laptop to track his daughter’s whereabouts. In the days following the shooting, confusion spread about what had occurred. Originally it was reported that a bullet fired from Thompson’s gun struck an officer, although the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation later clarified that the bullet that hit the officer wasn’t discharged from the student’s gun. Video of a police officer taunting a woman’s 13-year-old daughter went viral, and she says she doesn’t want him to lose his job. Kepler’s first three juries deadlocked 11-1, 10-2 and 6-6, forcing the judge to declare mistrials.

Over the next 10 minutes, Gilliam said, she was handcuffed and watched as the girls were laid out on the ground—two of the young girls were also handcuffed, according to the DA’s report—despite her insistent pleas that the police officers were wrong. Potter is believed to be the third Minnesota police officer to be convicted in the on-duty death of a civilian. The first was Mohamed Noor, a Somali American officer found guilty of manslaughter after fatally shooting a white woman. Chauvin became the second when he was convicted of murder in April. Wright’s death occurred roughly 10 miles from the courthouse where Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted in a trial for murdering George Floyd, whose death fueled national protests against police abuse and racial injustice. Kim Potter, the former Minnesota police officer who mistakenly drew her handgun instead of her Taser during a traffic stop in April in which she fatally shot Daunte Wright, has been found guilty.

Earlier, the mayor revealed on Twitter that he had a phone call with President Joe Biden, who he said offered «his administration’s support» in the wake of the officer-involved shooting. «Daunte had a smile to make anyone’s heart melt. He was definitely a jokester, he loved to joke with people, especially his brothers and sisters,» the family added. In a statement to ABC News, Wright’s family described him as a young father who «had a whole life ahead of him.»

Kim Potter describes officers’ struggle with Daunte Wright before she shot him

Immediately sees the reason when guy gets out,” eluding to the officer disapproving of his daughter being with a Black man. That investigation also revealed that the officer had violated several departmental policies, including failing to inform dispatch, threatening to arrest Morales, detaining Coleman, saying he would create false charges, and using his authority to find his daughter. After asking the other passengers in the car to exit the vehicle, Kovach then violently pulled his daughter out and put her in the back of his police vehicle. Kovach instructs Coleman to get out of his police car and leave, but the teen instead goes to his car and grabs his cellphone.

In the first forty-eight hours, the hotline received 200 calls. Conduct a systematic and independent review of Operation Pipeline and all other drug interdiction training programs supported directly or indirectly with any federal funding, to root out any implicit or explicit racial references that encourage improper profiling. Restrict future federal funding for Operation Pipeline and other highway drug interdiction programs to local, state and federal agencies that agree to collect and report comprehensive race data on who they stop and who they search. In North Carolina, a bill requiring data collection on all traffic stops was passed by overwhelming majorities in both houses of the state legislature and signed into law by the governor on April 21, 1999.

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“Those who violate their oath to protect and serve discredit the good work law enforcement strives to do every day,” Salazar said. Salazar said she will be requesting a “patterns and practices” civil rights investigation by the state attorney general and the federal Department of Justice on the community response team that the officers were part of. The charges represent a rare move in California, where indictments of officers remain unusual, despite a toughening of use of force laws in recent years. Though more officers have faced scrutiny and even trials, it is uncommon for cases that don’t involve lethal force be put before a grand jury.

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The practice undermines public confidence in law enforcement, erodes the legitimacy of the criminal justice system, and makes police work that much more difficult and dangerous. In 1993, the ACLU brought a class-action lawsuit against the Maryland State Police on behalf of Robert L. Wilkins, an African American attorney who was stopped, detained and searched by the MSP for no apparent reason. A court decree was entered in settlement of the lawsuit which included a requirement that the state maintain computer records of motorist searches so as to permit monitoring for any patterns of discrimination.

«And I will take matters into my own hands on this if he’s not charged.» Officer Livernois admitted in police transcripts that he did not try to de-escalate the heightened situation. The investigation found that he committed “Bullying, discourtesy or rudeness, which may include the use of profane, or abusive, or insulting language or action directed at another.” And that he prematurely performed a chokehold.