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Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 12:52am
El Paso, TX (KDBC) — Racial profiling – some have argued a new report from the University of North Texas shows it’s happening in El Paso. The study shows that out of the more than 77,000 drivers who were pulled over by police in 2013, African Americans were searched more than any other group.
The shows that 73-percent of drivers stopped in El Paso were Hispanic but out of that number only 12-percent were searched. Meanwhile, only 3-percent of drivers stopped were African American drivers but 19-percent of them were searched.
City Council is reviewing the report after postponing a vote to officially accept it on Tuesday. Some City Representatives expressed concerns that the report may indicate some officers are racially profiling. A driver we spoke with believes racial profiling does happen in El Paso. “There's a little bit of corruption... Somebody is probably doing their job somewhere using that stereotypical bias,” Vincent Baca of West El Paso told us.
We reached out to police and they told us they don’t want to comment on the report until it is formally accepted by City Council. The independent report does claim EPPD is in compliance with state law and has been for many years.
Some also argue, the African American population is small compared to other races, and the statistics may simply be a ‘tyranny of small numbers.’