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Photo of NJ Gov. Whitman Frisking Black Man Sparks Outrage

HeadlineJul 11, 2000

A 1996 photograph of New Jersey Governor Christie Todd Whitman frisking a black man during a drug sweep has sparked outrage from critics, who say it’s another example of racial profiling. Whitman has maintained her patdown of the unidentified man while accompanying New Jersey state police on a tour of Camden, the state’s poorest city, was an attempt to understand the rigors of police work. Troopers had searched the man at least once during the sweep before offering him to the governor. A photograph obtained by the Associated Press shows Whitman, who appears to be smiling, standing behind a black man while his arms spread and his palms pressed up against a wall. The photograph, taken by an officer, was subpoenaed in May by several black and Latino troopers who claim their superiors subjected them to discrimination.

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