A recent report by the American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska revealed that people of color are twice as likely to be stopped in traffic stops as white people in Nebraska. After a review of 23 Law Enforcement Agencies in Nebraska, 21 agencies did not have written anti-racial profiling policy, which is required under state law. A very low 6% of employees from those 23 agencies attended anti-bias training. “The ACLU’s report shows that some Nebraska law enforcement agencies have made an earnest effort to address racial profiling, but not all have, and there is much work we can and should do to advance racial justice,” Rose Godinez, the legal and policy counsel for the ACLU of Nebraska, said. “The lack of robust anti-bias training is deeply concerning as racial disparities in traffic stops continue to increase in Nebraska. Officers should not be able to opt out of anti-bias training, just like black, Latinx, Native American and other drivers of color cannot opt out of stops resulting from racial profiling.”
Omaha policy update.
The Omaha Police Department has updated its policies to include Bias-Based Profiling and training for their officers whereby “ …to prohibit stopping, detaining, searching or arresting any person when such action is motivated solely by considerations of race, creed, color, ethnicity or national origin, religion, political affiliation, age, gender, gender identity, marital status, disability, economic status, cultural group, or sexual orientation. The PortalOne Traffic Stop Analysis (TSA) shall be used to record traffic stop information as mandated by Nebraska Revised Statute (NRS) 20-504.”
Identify bias-based profiling as act of police brutality.
Bias-based policing is the intentional practice by an individual law enforcement officer who incorporates prejudicial judgments based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, religious beliefs, or age that are inappropriately applied in the performance of his/her duties. Often this bias-based profiling will initiate an encounter that escalates into excessive force, wrongful search and seizure, sexual assault or false arrest and wrongful imprisonment actions.
Seek qualified counsel.
If you have been a victim of bias-based profiling, especially after a traffic stop situation, research your options to make a complaint or initiate legal action. Call an experienced attorney at Rensch & Rensch Law Office for direction and to see if you can file a case against an officer who exercised bias-based profiling on a traffic stop in Omaha Nebraska.
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