Committee Unable To Determine If Racial Profiling A Problem In Tyler

Is racial profiling a problem in Tyler?
An independent committee studying the Tyler Police Department was unable determine the answer. The committee was formed after a study released in February claimed that Tyler led the region in racial profiling problems.
Thursday, committee members said the department's use of traffic "warnings" in its reports, gives inaccurate data and makes it difficult to analyze.
They say until they have accurate information, they cannot say if racial profiling "is" or "is not" a problem.
"We're excited that we have something to go on, a direction to go on for the police department," said Tyler Police Chief Gary Swindle. "We will be implementing these recommendations immediately, working to hopefully develop some software that can track the initial data that's necessary."
Chief Swindle hopes to have a new system of collecting data in place by the fall.
After that, the committee will look into the racial profiling issue again and determine when they can reach a decision.

Story by Maya Golden,