The Racial Profiling Hotline, authorized by Act 768, which was passed in this year's legislative session, is now active. The number is 1-877-246-4404. Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said in a press release that while he believes and hopes racial profiling in Arkansas is rare, it's important to have a tool to track and evaluate allegations.
Press release on the jump.
Racial Profiling Hotline Now Live
LITTLE ROCK- Today, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced that the Racial Profiling Hotline, authorized by the Act 768 of 2009, is now live.
The toll-free number is: 877-AGO(246)-4404.
Act 768 instructs the Attorney General's office to set up a dedicated toll free hotline housed within the office that will accept complaints by citizens that have experienced or witnessed what they believe to be racial profiling by law enforcement. As a result of the complaints, the Attorney General will create a report outlining the complaints received and provide it to the Legislative Council and Task Force on Racial Profiling on an annual basis. Act 768 also requires the Attorney General’s to report suspected criminal activity to the appropriate prosecuting agency.
“While I still believe, and certainly hope, that racial profiling is rare in Arkansas, it is important that we have a tool to use in tracking and evaluating allegations of illegal profiling,” McDaniel said. “I appreciate the diligence of Sen. Hank Wilkins (D- Pine Bluff) in sponsoring the legislation creating the hotline.”