Wisconsin officials set hearings on racial researchWisconsin residents will get a chance next month to sound off on how to research whether racial profiling happens during traffic stops.
By: The Associated Press, Superior Telegram
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin residents will get a chance next month to sound off on how to research whether racial profiling happens during traffic stops.
The state budget requires police to gather data on the race of people they stop beginning in January 2011. The state Office of Justice Assistance has developed administrative rules laying out how police should collect and share the data.
Under the rules, police would record the driver's race, the date, time, location and reason for the stop and whether any searches were conducted.
Police must submit the data to OJA, which will analyze the extent of the connection between race and stops and issue an annual report.
OJA has scheduled public hearings on the proposal in Madison on April 26 and in Milwaukee April 28.