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Data Shows New Jersey State Troopers Overwhelmingly Target Minority Drivers on Turnpike

HeadlineJan 11, 2001

In New Jersey, all the attention focused on racial profiling hasn’t reduced the percentage of minorities stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike. According to data collected under terms of a federal consent decree, 40 percent of the motorists stopped by state troopers on the New Jersey Turnpike during the six months ending last October were black or Latino. Statistics for the previous four months indicate 38 percent of those stopped were minorities. Black and Hispanic community leaders have charged that New Jersey state troopers overwhelmingly target minority drivers on the Turnpike.

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