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  • rexfacts rexfacts Apr 22, 2014 10:32 AM Flag

    Trumbull Connecticut Police Profiling Condoned by Police Chief with Coded References for Cops to Follow.

    1. CONNECTICUT -- Trumbull
    A 1993 internal memo written by then Trumbull Chief of Police Ambrosini that was leaked by officers in the all-white 68 member department in June not only condones racial profiling, they say, but contains coded references that encourages officers to do it. In the memo, Ambrosini advises officers of a series of armed robberies in town and urges them to take the offensive. (click to read about the DWB harassment of a Black high Connecticut political official received in Trumbull)

    Minority leaders dismiss those kinds of denials by law enforcement officials, and say that until police admit the practice exists -- and that it constitutes racial bias -- there is little chance for change.

    They say that after years of trying to prove that profiling exists, the Trumbull memo comes as a form of validation, being the first internal police document in the state, perhaps the nation, that proves not only its existence -- but that it is sanctioned by the highest police authorities.

    The episode, and others, has even prompted a United States Justice Department review and a full FBI investigation.

    Source NAACP

    The Trumbull Police memo states "One form of deterrence might to develop a sense of proclivity toward the type of persons and vehicles which are usually involved in these crimes." It concludes "not only is it our obligation to enforce the motor vehicle laws, but in doing so, we are provided with a profile of our community and those who travel within its boundaries." While the chief Ambrosini denied knowing any police officer to racially profile motorists, he has suggested there is nothing wrong with officers keeping an eye out for "strangers" in the community.

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