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Commission Seeks Public Testimony On Police Profiling

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File photo of a DUI checkpoint. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities wants to hear public opinion on racial profiling and the police.

The panel has scheduled a hearing at the Legislative Office Building on Wednesday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The free, town hall-style event also is being co-sponsored by several groups including the state African-American, Latino and Puerto Rican and Asian Pacific American affairs commissions.

State law prohibits law enforcement agencies from stopping, detaining or searching a motorist if the stop was motivated solely by the driver’s race, color, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation. As of Oct. 1, police must notify all motorists during traffic stops of their right to file a complaint.

 

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