Council Taking Action with traffic-stop task-force

By Anthony Antoine |

Published 01/21 2014 05:53PM

Updated 01/22 2014 12:31PM

Update: 10:03 pm
URBANA -- The Urbana City Council is Taking Action to investigate concerns about racial profiling. Tuesday night, members voted to start a new task force.

A committee will look over a report from IDOT which found racial profiling among some traffic stops in Urbana. Eleven people will sit on the committee, including one officer.

The mayor will appoint the group's leader. If you'd like to serve, applications are due next month.
Original: 5:53 pm
URBANA -- Urbana City Council members are Taking Action Tuesday night after statistics revealed police officers in their own town could be racially-profiling drivers. IDOT data shows minority drivers are getting pulled over more than white drivers, but before anyone points any fingers, the city council wants to make sure those numbers are accurate.

They're taking an important vote of whether or not to create a traffic stop task force. The group would dig into IDOT reports.

The most recent reports show minority drivers in Urbana are 7% more likely to be pulled over. Social groups have been complaining to city council about the IDOT data for years.

Members say it's been a touchy subject. Police feel attacked; minorities feel profiled. But the task force would be made up of open-minded people with no bias to either group. They would heavily research the Urbana Police Department's own statistics and exactly how information is being collected for IDOT.

Calls to the police department were not returned. In the past, council members have informally said they'd fully support this kind of group. If it's approved, the goal is to have eleven people chosen by March.

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