|U.S. Wrote Outline for Race
Profiling, New Jersey Argues (11/29/00)
New York Times reports that drug crime info published by the U.S. Drug Enforcment
Administration strongly suggests that certain racial and ethnic groups are responsible for
the bulk of drug crimes.
This fact is being used by New Jersey officials in defending themselves against ongoing
charges of racial profiling.
Federal crime statistics clearly illustrate that the majority of drug couriers,
distributors, and street-level dealers fit a specific racial profile. See especially
tables 40 and 46 at link:
The New York Times writes: "In 1986, the Drug Enforcement Administration's Operation
Pipeline enlisted police departments across the country to search for narcotics
traffickers on major highways and told officers, to cite one example, that Latinos and
West Indians dominated the drug trade and therefore warranted extra scrutiny.
"Since then, the D.E.A. and the Department of Transportation have financed and taught
an array of drug interdiction programs that emphasize the ethnic and racial
characteristics of narcotics organizations and teach the police ways to single out cars
and drivers who are smuggling.
"Among the characteristics officers in Operation Pipeline have been trained to look
for: people with dreadlocks and cars with two Latino males traveling together.
"Federal officials contend that they have never taught profiling and that police
departments that use racially discriminatory tactics are misapplying the D.E.A.'s
intelligence reports. Federal officials have taken several steps in recent years intended
to measure the problem, most notably President Clinton's 1999 executive order that any
police force that receives federal money for drug interdiction must keep track of the race
of anyone stopped, searched or arrested by officers.
"... in May 1998, as the Department of Justice was investigating whether the New
Jersey State Police needed a federal monitor to oversee its efforts to deter profiling,
Anthony J. Senneca, agent in charge of the D.E.A.'s Newark office, wrote to state police
officials to praise the troopers' methods and effectiveness on the turnpike.
"The letter singled out the exemplary work of five troopers, including John Hogan,
who one month earlier was involved in the April 1998 shootings of three unarmed minority
men on the New Jersey Turnpike, an incident that propelled racial profiling onto the
nation's political agenda.
"Few in law enforcement foresaw such an outcome in 1986, when Operation Pipeline
began as a way to use municipal police departments as an aggressive force in the national
crusade against drugs. The program, which has been used to train more than 25,000 officers
in 48 states, offered the police access to Drug Enforcement Administration intelligence
reports, which included detailed descriptions of ethnic drug gangs and the cartels.
"Drug Enforcement Administration officials emphatically dispute the notion that they
taught or encouraged unequal enforcement of the law.
"Nonetheless, much of the Drug Enforcement Administration's emphasis on the race and
ethnicity of drug traffickers endures. During the last five years, the D.E.A. has stopped
distributing training videos in which all the drug suspects have Spanish surnames. But
just last year, the agency's Newark office released the "Heroin Trends" report,
traffickers are Colombian, followed by Dominicans, Chinese, West African/Nigerian,
Pakistani, Hispanic and Indian. Midlevels are dominated by Dominicans, Colombians, Puerto
Ricans, African-Americans and Nigerians."
"Meanwhile, federal agencies like the Department of Transportation have also
sponsored drug interdiction programs that make similar observations. And a 1998 report by
Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control
Policy, stunned New Jersey officials because it gave detailed breakdowns of the ethnic and
racial backgrounds of sellers, traffickers and users alike.
"Hugh B. Price, president and chief executive of the National Urban League, said
today that he hoped that the public attention focused on New Jersey's racial profiling
would induce the federal government to address the causes of racial profiling as well as
the symptoms, even if part of the blame lay within the Justice Department itself.
"These are federal civil rights that are at risk and are undermined, and we want the
federal government to put force on this issue," Mr. Price said. [[ PERSPECTIVE: Dont forget that Mr. Hugh Price is the same
man who, in 1997, said that white NJ school teacher Sharon Taxman deserved to be fired
solely because she was white, in order that a black teacher could retain her job and
thereby increase the "diversity" of the NJ school. At that time,
Hugh Price attempted to diminish the racially discriminatory nature of the NJ school
boards decision when he said "This was a case that involved just one job, two
people, with the outcome decided solely on race." Thus, Hugh Price and the
National Urban League reveal their racially-biased, anti-white philosophy. See
Taxman at link: http://www.adversity.net/njteach.htm#xxpara3
(Based upon the New York Times story 11/29/00 by
Also: Download Official Department of Justice
Crime Stats (PDF format). See especially tables 40 and 46.
[Download from: http://www.adversity.net/DOJ
Crime Stats/DOJ_1998_crime_stats.pdf ]
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