Police officers in Dallas are not allowed to “take any enforcement-initiating action based on an individual’s race, ethnicity, or national origin rather than on the individual’s behavior or on information identifying the individual as having engaged in criminal activity” [Source: Dallas Police Department]. Such behavior is considered to be racial profiling, which the State of Texas now prohibits its police officers from doing. In the event a police officer engages in racial profiling while performing his or her duties, they could face disciplinary action given the incident is properly reported.
What are some examples of racial profiling?
The Dallas Police Department has identified a few examples to help you better understand what acts would constitute as racial profiling. These include:
- Stopping a car “because of the race, ethnicity, or national origin of the driver of a vehicle.”
- “Stopping or detaining the driver of a vehicle based on the determination that a person of that race, ethnicity, or national origin is unlikely to own or possess that specific make or model.” This happens often as some police assume that someone of a particular race simply couldn’t afford the vehicle they are driving which prompts them to initiate a traffic stop.
- Stopping or arresting a person “based upon the determination that a person of that race, ethnicity, or national origin is unlikely to be in that place or part of town.” This too is a very common form of racial profiling we see happening throughout the U.S.
- Pulling a driver over when looking for a suspect because they are of the same race, ethnic background, or nationality of the suspect.
- “Singling out an individual for enforcement who is part of a group of individuals exhibiting similar behavior (for example, a group of drivers exceeding the speed limit) because of the individual’s race, ethnicity, or national origin.”
How do I file a complaint against a Dallas, TX police officer for racial profiling?
If you think an officer pulled you over or arrested you in Dallas, TX because of your race, ethnicity, or national origin, there are actions you can take to combat this inappropriate behavior. It starts with you hiring a reputable Dallas TX police brutality attorney who can help you gather the evidence you need to prove the officer was engaging in prohibited behavior. Most police officers who are accused of racial profiling won’t admit guilt, but instead, will try and cover their behavior so that the encounter appears to be authentic. Thankfully, the police brutality attorneys at Lenahan Law Firm can see through the lies and will know exactly what steps to take to hold that officer accountable for their act of misconduct.
While filing a complaint is one way to recognize an officer for racial profiling, filing a lawsuit is another. If you wish to file a complaint, your attorney can help you fill out the Citizen Complaint Form and submit it to the Internal Affairs Division. You can submit your complaint in person, online, or via fax. Filing a lawsuit, on the other hand, isn’t quite as simple so if you are seeking monetary relief for the physical and/or psychological injuries the officer caused you to suffer as a result of racial profiling, then retaining a police brutality lawyer in Dallas, TX is what you need to do.
The attorneys at Lenahan Law Firm are available right now to speak with you and can be reached at 888-828-5630 or 214-380-4095.
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Dallas, TX 75234