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2/14/04-

Community Leaders Discuss Racial Profiling

They're hoping to put a stop to racial profiling and they're hoping a new law passed by the state can help them do that.

Leaders from the Black and Hispanic communities met in Tyler Saturday to discuss a problem they say is just now being recognized; Racial profiling by police.

A recent study by the state shows six out of every seven law enforcement agencies reported searching blacks and latinos at higher rates than whites. That study has led to recent legislation forcing agencies to keep better records of who they pull over and why.

Leaders with both the NAACP and LULAC came together today to help educate the public over the new law and talk about working with local law enforcement agencies to implement it. The study done by the state is the largest of it's kind in the country.

Chris Gibson, reporting
cgibson@kltv.com

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