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Report: Racial profiling by Fayetteville police can't be proven

Posted March 13, 2012

— Consultants who reviewed the Fayetteville Police Department say blacks are disproportionately subjected to traffic stops and warrantless searches, but the analysts cannot say officers are guilty of racial profiling.

The Fayetteville Observer reported (http://bit.ly/webONF) that the city council voted Monday to accept the report from the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. The report recommends changes, including the creation of a complaint review panel.

Also on Monday, the city officials agreed to a pending court order that Fayetteville will not try to impose any moratorium on police searches following traffic stops until a lawsuit over the procedure is resolved.

City Attorney Karen McDonald said that Fayetteville and the Southern States Police Benevolent Association agreed to let the lawsuit run its course to determine whether the city has the authority to halt the searches. McDonald said she plans to concentrate on defending the city's actions in the lawsuit.

The City Council voted 8-2 in January to halt so-called consent searches of vehicles for 120 days while a consultant investigated claims that the practice disproportionately targets black drivers.

Some residents and local groups, including a minority lawyers association and the NAACP, raised concerns a year ago that the police force might be illegally profiling black drivers.

Police Chief Tom Bergamine and the PBA decried the council's decision, saying it was unlawful and that consent searches are an important law enforcement tool. They filed a lawsuit seeking to resume the practice, and a judge recently granted an injunction to allow the searches to continue.

The Fayetteville Police Department has changed its consent search procedure by requiring officers to use written consent forms when performing searches.

City Manager Dale Iman announced his resignation last Friday. Council members asked Iman to step down because they were unhappy that he opposed their vote to end consent searches.


Information from: The Fayetteville Observer


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  • Rico Mar 14, 2012

    "Couple of things I want to know about Fayetteville before I pass judgement. 1 what is the demographic",

    take a wild guess.....ok hint.."its what the story is all about"

  • piene2 Mar 14, 2012

    "don't break the law and you will never have a problem

    Unless you are in Fayetteville and are the wrong color,

  • slappyh99 Mar 13, 2012

    Let’s see, the City Manager forced to step down, the Police Chief is retiring. Sounds like Fayetteville has some serious problems with the City Council overstepping their authority.

  • vraptor Mar 13, 2012

    ah duh...

    could a group of people be aggressively driving and breaking traffic laws that causes them to be stopped???

    if you are in trouble with the law. do not break traffic laws. easy pickens for the cops.

    wral. how about a break down of traffic tickets by demographics???

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 13, 2012

    I believe the story, It can't be proven.

  • justabumer Mar 13, 2012

    So this group (a black group, by the way) was paid thirty thousand dollars to study the issue and determine that they "don't know"?

  • ncouterbanks69 Mar 13, 2012

    Fayetteville is getting more like durham all the time and that is not a good thing.

    That's about as bad of a thing that can happen to Fayetteville. Apparently there is evidence that is the case. Sad sad sad. Just what NC needs another hole like that.

  • eoglane Mar 13, 2012

    I knew there was nothing to it

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 13, 2012

    Fayetteville is 45% white and 39% black.

    3 out of 4 searches are against blacks.

    There’s a problem.


    NOTE: These are searches when the cop has no (zero) Probable Cause. If he had any PC, he wouldn't need consent to search.

  • scott34 Mar 13, 2012

    don't break the law and you will never have a problem,and if you are a law abiding,tax paying citizen,you will not have a problem either. Simple. its bad when the criminals have more rights than the cictizens,most of which do not pay taxes and are convicted felons.