Nacogdoches Police say report shows they don't profile

By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches Police Department is reporting it didn't receive any complaints of racial profiling last year.

Nor does it practice racially motivated law enforcement.

Police Chief Jim Sevey made that conclusion after reviewing police contact data collected as required by the state legislature. Every police department is required to compare the ethnicity of who is pulled over with the overall population. The goal is to detect signs of racial profiling.

"There will always be, in my opinion, isolated problems, but that's because individuals can develop biases and prejudices," Sevey said. "I think systemically, racial profiling and bias, as a systemic problem, is a thing of the past."

The data shows that police pulled over 4,700 white people, searched almost 290 of them and arrested 123. That's two percent more often than the race's population. Over 1,700 African-Americans were stopped, 234 searched and 104 arrested. That's one percent less than the race's population. There were just over 850 Hispanics stopped, 47 searched and 23 arrested. That's one percent more than that race's population.

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