Minorities Charged More Often Than Whites For Traffic Offenses

The Hartford Courant said it analyzed 100,000 traffic stops in dozens of Connecticut communities.

On the day that in to protest racial profiling, a published report said Hispanics and African-Americans are more likely than white motorists to receive a ticket if they are stopped by a police officer in Connecticut.

An article in the Hartford Courant that appeared on Saturday said an analysis by the newspaper of more than 100,000 traffic stops in dozens of different communities showed that blacks and Hispanics were two-to-three times more likely to receive tickets if stopped for the display or use of license plates.

Blacks were twice as likely and Hispanics four times as likely than whites to get a ticket when stopped for improper taillights.

Only about 200 people showed up Saturday for the unity march. An FBI investigation into claims that East Haven police treated Latinos unfairly resulted in the recent arrest of four police officers and the resignation of the police chief.

Townie February 26, 2012 at 08:44 PM
I agree with the report with one exception. If you are an activist you will be illegally profiled, harassed, and targeted regardless of your skin tone or heritage.
Don Charles February 26, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Gosh I wonder why these two groups are stopped more often. Could it be because they deserve to be in regards to what and how they are driving.
Rosie February 26, 2012 at 09:35 PM
I find this report amusing. Back in the day, my husband, who just for identification purposes (no racism intended), is white, had a brightly painted sports car, that was done up for shows. He got stopped so many times we lost count. Was he targeted or profiled?? Absolutely he was. Did he cry, scream and march about it? Of course not. People need to move on and grow up. Sh** happens to all of us, learn it, live it, accept it and move on.
Ivanna D. Truth February 26, 2012 at 10:24 PM
"legislative co-chairman of the Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association, said he had no clear explanation for the disparity, but said it was possible that in some cases, a minor motor-vehicle stop may have revealed a more-serious violation. The reports list only the initial reason for a stop, even if the motorist ultimately was cited for a different offense:"
Townie February 26, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Perhaps if your husband had been illegally arrested, assaulted, sexually harassed or robbed you might feel differently, Rosie.
Rosie February 27, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Oh give me a break Townie. None of these people were illegally arrested. If you are ILLEGAL it is to be expected and you should be. And sexual assault was never, ever a charge. Assault and robbed? What lies are you spewing. Who robbed anyone. You don't have a clue. When you have facts to back up the lies, talk again. If not, see ya. Why am I even responding to you. Such nonsense comes out of your mouth you aren't worth the time it takes to type this. Why don't you go back to one of your original names, you go by so many. Good Bye.
Rosie February 27, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Jacobo's back!!! We missed you...not.
John February 27, 2012 at 02:27 AM
In the past ten years I have been stopped in 6 different vehicles in 5 surrounding towns and got tickets , I'm white who do I complain to ? I even paid the fines......
Lise Cavallaro February 27, 2012 at 02:27 AM
So, like, wow. This doesn't just happen in East Haven???? Definitely need a new topic. This is getting Boooooorrriiinnnggggg.
John February 27, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I think the police do their job , the minorities have a higher rate of driving unregistered and uninsured vehicles. How about we stop everybody and then take a count of the percentages and see the result justifies the higher instances of stops and tickets......
Ann Della Camera February 27, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Well said Don Charles
Ann Della Camera February 27, 2012 at 04:08 AM
John, you hit the nail on the head, they do a lot more drving than most and many do so without licenses or with illegal plates.
Citizen X February 27, 2012 at 01:25 PM
The reality of this report is the people from these segments of society don't play by the rules. Weather it's not operating a vehicle with the proper documentation or choosing to not get up every day and go to work and EARN a living. Some people are always going to look for a free ride. When they get caught out its turns into a race issue or profiling issue. Here's a real eye opener. Take a ride on a weekday about 1 pm. This summer through the neighborhoods of New Haven and you will be amazed at the number of able bodied men and woman just hanging around doing who knows what.
Don Charles February 27, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Is this the same Armando Montelongo who was arrested for scamming and the same person who was on the TV show how to flip this house, believe his mantra was Send me loads of money and I will show you how to get rich. Yeh we all know it was him but the charges were phony so you say.
Bob Fawkes February 27, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Yes that's him. We can't expect any of the East Haven town employees involved in flipping houses to help Steve out, now can we? Steve will have to rely on Armando to show him the in's and out's of flipping.
Foxon February 27, 2012 at 02:10 PM
so wait? all that crap the DOJ said about East Haven pretty much calling them racist and "profilers", now we find out East Haven is no different then any other city in Connecticut, where undocumented immigrates are driving with no license or registration and the officer MUST issue a ticket!
Bob Fawkes February 27, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Read the indictment and you'll see why East Haven IS different than any other city in Connecticut. Denying the obvious; endemic in East Haven.
Foxon February 27, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Here Jacobo, read this and see the real reason why those cops got arrested: http://www.pattisblog.com/index.php?article=Bambi_Goes_Cop_Hunting_In_East_Haven_5135&limit=10&page=year&q=2012 the city of Detroit had over 1000 complains of excessive force, that 3 a day. No cop charged , why? politics is alive and well in the doj
Townie February 27, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Citizen, It sounds to me as if you are making excuses for abusers. If the police illegally raid and steal from the folks they are profiling, and if they falsely imprision and abuse, how on earth is a person supposed to be able to 'play by the rules'? The police don't play by the rules they have been charged with enforcing. When they inevitably get called out on this reality, instead of correcting themselves, they retaliate with violece, rape, and assault.
Townie February 27, 2012 at 05:48 PM
The abusive police lost. Deal with it.
Townie February 27, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Citizen, The DOJ's case is watertight. You are deluding yourself.
John February 27, 2012 at 06:00 PM
In reponse to JACBO, the indictment is what it is , an investigation turned up wrong doing by a few police officers. That does not mean that every hispanic who is pulled over is a good citizen and following the rules. That does not mean that the police abuse all hispanics. This is a case of some type of abuse to individuals , not an entire community. Why don't your kind of people help them get jobs , insurance , and train them in humane living and how about following rules and learn English like all of the immigrants who started this country.
Greg Tart February 27, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Yale Sociology Course - Student Activism 103-1. Students will learn the rudiments of agitation. Course will discuss the advantages of protecting the criminal element; selective study of statistics will show how the 10,000 people arrested numerous times can be "spun" to make it seem it reflects the total minority population. Students will then agitate in middle class towns struggling with overpopulation, dangerous traffic violations- students will also learn how to post on interactive media using insulting screen names like "Townie" "Greasball" "Fonzie" to highlight the social difference between gown and town. Course counts 1/2 credit to getting a job in a non profit paying 150,000 dollars a year studying racism in making dinner reservations


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