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Racial profiling statewide

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The lawyer (and former LR cop) who brought the successful racial profiling case against Alexander police told a state panel yesterday that racial profiling is a statewide problem.

No doubt.

Our Spanish-language newspaper hears repeated complaint from all over the state about local cops' use of profiling as a municipal money-raising tool. In a small Delta town with a handful of immigrants, for example, you can imagine how quickly cops come to know local residents and know that a Hispanic driver is likely undocumented and thus without a driver's license. Quick ticket, quick fine. I know -- no license, don't drive. But suppose your regular driver is sick and the only safety net for your family is that job at the chicken plant? You drive and take your chances.

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