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Latino Daily News

Sunday April 17, 2011

Iowa Civil Rights Commission Reaches Settlement with Police Force Racially Targeting Latinos

Iowa Civil Rights Commission Reaches Settlement with Police Force Racially Targeting Latinos

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In exchange for stopping the practice of racially profiling Latinos in a certain city of Iowa, the state’s Civil Rights Commission will not disclose the identity of that police force.

The commission had received complaints that a police force in a town of 4,000 residents with a high Latino population was routinely stopping those residents and possibly targeting them unfairly.  Before the commission fully investigated they agreed to a settlement according to reports.

The settlement requires the unidentified police department to establish new policies for handling discrimination complaints, train its force on racial profiling and now must analyze each police officer’s arrests and citations.

The Iowa Civil Rights Commission’s Executive Director, Beth Townsend, justified the questionable settlement by saying the commission was “far more interested” in eliminating racial profiling then letting the public know where in Iowa that was occurring.  Nonetheless she assured the Latino community that “citizens of this community can be assured that they have an avenue for reporting complaints of discrimination or racial profiling and that the police department has in place procedures to insure proper investigation of the complaints and accountability of the officers.”