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Resource ID: #17857
Subject: Police
Source: Westword (Denver)
Date: January 25-31


Witcher explains how some law enforcement agencies in Colorado have used use race as a factor in pulling over drivers. The Eagle County Sheriff's Department, on Colorado's Western Slope, has pulled over minority drivers for technicalities, and then gone on to search their vehicles. Sometimes it turns up drugs, but it has often violated the civil rights of law-abiding minority citizens. But the department was also found to have used racial profiling in its traffic stops. In 1996, Eagle County settled a class-action lawsuit brought by 30 plaintiffs, including a man found with three pounds of cocaine after a stop. About $600,000 of the $800,000 in settlement money was set aside to nonprofit organizations. Now organizations in Colorado are trying to figure out how to put the money to good use.

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