Again and again the data show that people of color in the U.S. are disproportionately, and systematically, stopped, frisked, arrested, and exposed to the use of force by police. Police departments and communities across the U.S. are struggling with these realities and with what has become a glaring divide in how Americans experience and relate to policing. This special collection includes research from nonprofits, foundations, and university based research centers, who have not only described and documented the issue but who also provide much-needed recommendations for addressing this chronic and tragic problem.

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Backgrounder on Racial Profiling and Police Brutality Against People of Color in New York City

June 17, 2009

n 2008, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), along with partners from the US Human Rights Network, the Justice Committee and Peoples' Justice coalition presented testimony to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Racism on the occasion of his 2008 mission to the U.S. Our presentations and meeting focused on the New York Police Department's pattern and practice of racial profiling and police brutality. In addition to meeting with the Special Rapporteur, we submitted a written backgrounder which covered these issues and provided recommendations for reform - some of which he included in his final report.  

Racial Bias & Profiling