ACLU seeks documents on racial profiling

November 10, 2007|By Laura Barnhardt

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland is asking a Baltimore County Circuit Court judge to order the Maryland State Police to provide documents about how they investigate complaints of racial profiling and what kind of disciplinary actions have been taken against troopers in response to those complaints.

The request for summary judgment was filed in court late Thursday, Meredith Curtis, a spokeswoman for the civil rights organization, said yesterday.

The ACLU of Maryland filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Maryland State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People against the state police in September, alleging that the law enforcement agency is withholding information on how complaints of racial profiling are investigated and is charging excessively for records requested under the Maryland Public Information Act. The ACLU says that black and Hispanic motorists are stopped by troopers at a disproportionate rate.

State police say that they have complied with the requests for information, providing thousands of pages of documents that took staff months to compile, and that they do not racially profile motorists.

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