The ACLU of Nebraska on Tuesday released a third and final report on Nebraska law enforcement practices. It claims the police profiling during traffic stops are disproportionately and negatively affecting communities of color.
The organization said it reviewed data collected by the Nebraska Crime Commission to make its conclusions. The state began collecting racial profiling data in 2002. ACLU of Nebraska came up with three main conclusions:
People of color are more likely to be pulled over. Black drivers in Omaha are pulled over twice as often as they should be according to census data. In Lincoln, black drivers are pulled over three times as often.
People of color are more likely to be arrested. A white driver has a 1 in 48 chance of being arrested. Drivers of color have a 1 in 13 chance of being arrested. The data revealed no significant difference in the actual offenses committed by the drivers.
People of color are more likely to be subjected to searches. One in 50 white drivers were searched while 1 in 30 drivers of color were searched.
The ACLU is making recommendations for Nebraska law enforcement agencies. It suggests requiring anti-bias training through the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center, bring law enforcement complaint processes into alignment with the Department of Justice recommendations, and follow DOJ recommendations for use of body-worn cameras and dash cameras.
To read the ACLU’s report on Racial Profiling in Nebraska,