Administration Buries Racial Profiling Report
Driving While Black (DWB) is viewed with suspicion by police officers in many jurisdictions. Statistics that establish a relationship between race and the treatment of drivers during traffic stops are routinely discounted by law enforcement, so it isn't surprising that the Justice Department wants to minimize their importance. In keeping with the Bush administrationï¿½s treatment of unpleasant facts -- deny or bury -- the administration, according to Lawrence Greenfeld, pressured the Bureau of Justice Statistics (headed by Greenfeld since 2001) to censor a news release that would have announced the results of "a major study on traffic stops and racial profiling, which found disparities in how racial groups were treated once they were stopped by the police."
The Bush administration's heavy-handed approach to federal employees who tell the truth was evident in the demotion of Greenfeld, who "refused to delete the racial references, arguing to his supervisors that the omissions would make the public announcement incomplete and misleading." The Justice Department responded by killing the news release, in the evident hope that the ugly reality of racial profiling wouldn't be noticed.
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