- In 1996, the NAACP decided that
too many traffic citations were being issued to black motorists in Montgomery County,
Maryland. The NAACP complained to their friends at Bill Clinton's U.S. Department of
- In 1996, based on the NAACP's
unsubstantiated complaint, the U.S. Dept. of Justice launched a very expensive three-year
investigation into the Montgomery County Department of Police.
- In December 1997, the NAACP
revolving door: Bill Lann Lee, former head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, became
the acting head of the U.S. DOJ's Office of Civil Rights! Lee took
over the ongoing investigation into Montgomery County Police. Lee's prior record as
an employee of the NAACP should have disqualified him from this investigation due to his
proven bias against non-minorities. There is no way that Bill Lann Lee could have
been objective in investigating the NAACP's unsubstantiated charges against this police
department. (DOJ avoided mentioning Mr. Lee's former employment by the NAACP in any
of its press releases about this non-case.)
- Summer 1999, the liberal
democratic Montgomery County Council hired a new black police chief, Charles Moose.
Moose is a long time friend of the liberal, pro-diversity U.S. Department of Justice, and
Moose actively promotes "diversity training" for police officers. His
resume reveals that he strongly favors good racial profiling (profile everybody) in
order to defeat bad racial profiling. The Montgomery County chapter of the
NAACP loved Mr. Moose. Moose was hired largely to help defuse the NAACP's accusations
(not proof, but accusations only) of racial bias by the Montgomery County police.
Even Clinton's U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno pitched in to help convince the Montgomery
County council to hire Charles Moose. (See
Moose and the Racial Profiling Puzzle)
- In October 1999, after three
years of a fruitless investigation, the DOJ presented its findings to Montgomery
County. The report stated, in part, that the U.S. Department of Justice found
no evidence that Montgomery County police used excessive force in a series of cases
involving minorities. According to the Washington Post, DOJ investigators "found
no evidence of a policy -- "written or unwritten" in the words of one source --
that encouraged racial discrimination by officers or specific acts by officers that
amounted to civil rights violations." An anonymous county official
was quoted as saying "We can't believe the Justice Department wants us to stop
issuing tickets to people who break the law simply because we bump up against a racial or
ethnic cap." DOJ did find that 21% of all traffic stops in the county involved
black motorists. Lacking any other evidence against the county, DOJ made a huge deal
out of the fact that only 12% of the county population is black. DOJ did not even question
whether black motorists do, in fact, commit more traffic infractions than other drivers in
- On Nov. 3, 1999 the Montgomery
County Department of Police was presented the Civil Rights Award in Law Enforcement by the
International Chiefs of Police Association. The IACP Civil Rights Award is
bestowed upon the law enforcement organization and /or individual who demonstrates
exemplary performance in the investigation and/or prevention of civil rights crimes, the
enforcement of civil rights statutes, and educational efforts regarding civil rights
issues. The review committee commented, Your agencys dedication
and commitment to the ideals of professional law enforcement, cognizant of its
responsibility to be responsive to the community you serve, provided the basis for this
decision. Not coincidentally, Montgomery's brand-new black police chief,
Charles Moose, had been a long-time friend and activist within the IACP -- Moose had
previously served on the IACP's Civil Rights Committee.
- On Friday, Jan. 14, 2000 the
Montgomery County Department of Police signed an allegedly voluntary
"Memorandum of Agreement" with the U.S. Dept. of Justice wherein all the parties
agreed no one was guilty of anything. Nonetheless, the agreement calls for
Montgomery County Police to perform good racial profiling (record the race) on all
motorists they stop for any traffic infraction. This intrusive federal requirement
is to continue indefinitely, according to the DOJ agreement with the county.
- Friday, June 23, 2000:
Adversity.Net is still waiting for Department of Justice officials to return our phone
calls asking for a complete copy of the report of DOJ's investigation into the Montgomery
County Department of Police. If we ever get it, we'll post it here.
|UPDATE June 6, 2002:
Two and a half years ago, Bill
Clintons DOJ forced a "voluntary" agreement with the Montgomery County
Police to record the race or ethnicity of all traffic violators. Clintons DOJ hoped
to prove that black drivers passing through Montgomery County do not, in fact, commit more
traffic violations than white drivers.
However, according to the latest
data released by Montgomery County Police, black drivers on county roads continue to
commit traffic violations at a higher rate than whites. This fact emerges in spite of the
onerous, intrusive Clinton DOJ "safeguards" imposed on county police to prevent
so-called "bad racial profiling" of drivers.
The liberal Washington Post
reported this fact in typically biased fashion in the first paragraph of its story:
"The latest set of Montgomery County traffic stop data shows that black
drivers continue to be stopped at a rate higher than their proportion of the county
population or registered drivers."
The Post summarized recent
Montgomery County black traffic stops as follows:
County Registered Drivers:
2002 to Mar. 31, 2002:
to Mar. 2001:
|1997 - 1998
(during Clinton's "investigation" of county police)
The Washington Post grudgingly
reported at the bottom of today's story: "Police
leaders have argued that relatively high numbers of black drivers may be getting stopped
because there are also nonresident black drivers who travel through Montgomery,
particularly from the [neighboring] District [of Columbia] and [neighboring] Prince
The Post story continues:
"Police Chief Charles A. Moose has repeatedly stated that police are not
engaging in racial profiling. He said last week that if people falsely think that police
are manipulating the data, then "we're consistently manipulating the data."
"It's fair," he said of
the traffic stops. "It's based on the behavior of the drivers."
"Moose said that the overall
demographic breakdown of stops does not differ much from statistics of stops made by radar
or citations resulting from red-light cameras, which police refer to as "low
discretionary stops." He said a comparison of the numbers shows that police are not
Predictably, county police are
having trouble "properly classifying" its citizens by silly and useless racial
criteria. According to the Washington Post story: "Capt. Tom Fitzpatrick said
that officials discovered that despite previous training, some officers were marking
American Indian, rather than Asian, when they stopped immigrants from India, Pakistan or
other central Asian countries. The field on their hand-held computers simply said
"Indian," not "American Indian."
[Excerpted from the Washington Post story 6/6/02]
Last Known Link:
Recently, George W. Bush's DOJ (under John Ashcroft) suppressed a commissioned
study of New Jersey Turnpike traffic stops because the study showed that blacks did, in
fact, commit more traffic violations than whites.
The suppressed New Jersey study
was objective in the extreme: photos of the stopped drivers were submitted to a
panel of three citizens in order to objectively identify the race or ethnicity of the
The NAACP was predictably
outraged, and issued ridiculous criticisms of the study such as "Windshield glare
prevented the panel from properly identifying the race/ethnicity of the drivers."
Adversity.Net does NOT care
about the color of the traffic violators. Nor should you. What we do care
about is the efforts by the massive racial special-interest lobby (NAACP, et al) which
continues to attempt to dismiss criminal behavior because of skin color.