HTTP/1.0 200 OK Content-Type: text/html N.J. Official Says Race Profiling Persists
Pubdate: Wed, 04 Apr 2001
Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)
Copyright: 2001 Los Angeles Times


TRENTON, N.J.--Some state troopers are still practicing racial profiling on 
the New Jersey Turnpike despite a major reform effort, the state's attorney 
general told a Senate committee Tuesday.

Atty. Gen. John J. Farmer Jr. began an internal audit of last year's 
trooper activity after a January study showed blacks and Latinos were being 
stopped more than whites. Investigators are reviewing videotapes of every 
motor vehicle stop by suspected troopers, Farmer told the state Senate 
Judiciary Committee.

Blacks and Latinos are being searched much more than white drivers, Farmer 
said, even though reports show whites carry drugs more often than do 
minorities. Searches of minority drivers are also based on lower legal 
standards than the one troopers use for white drivers, Farmer said.

Troopers seized drugs or cash in 25% of their searches of whites, compared 
with 13% of searches of blacks and only 5% involving Latinos, officials said.

Former Atty. Gen. Peter G. Verniero, now a state Supreme Court justice, 
broke years of denials two years ago and acknowledged the racial profiling. 
Last week he testified for 13 hours and defended his actions as attorney 

Members of the state Senate Judiciary Committee have drafted a letter to 
Acting Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco asking him to seek Verniero's resignation 
from the bench.
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