OPM: Profiling - the Alvin Penn Act

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PROFILING
the ALVIN PENN ACT
 
{CT-N Video Broadcast}   { } Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project
      SEE LINK - http://www.ctrp3.org
{ } Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project (CTRP3) The Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy at Central CT State University (IMRP), in consultation with the Office of Policy and Management (OPM), has established a Racial Profiling Prohibition Advisory Board to help oversee the design, evaluation, and management of the racial profiling study mandated by P.A. 12-74 “An Act Concerning Traffic Stop Information.” The IMRP will work with the Advisory Board and all appropriate parties to enhance the collection and analysis of traffic stop data in Connecticut. This website will be used to provide public information about the on-going work of the advisory board.
 
{Criminal Justice Policy Advisory Commission}  
 
Visit the African American Affairs Commission website at  http://www.cga.ct.gov/aaac/
 
For more information contact, OPM Under Secretary Mike Lawlor, (860) 418-6394, mike.lawlor@ct.gov.
Connecticut's anti-racial profiling law was first enacted in 1999 (Public Act 99-198). Racial profiling was clearly defined and prohibited.  Every police department was required to collect information regarding all traffic stops.  They were required to forward all of that data to the Office of the Chief State's Attorney.  The Chief State's Attorney issued the first and only report on these statistics in 2001.  In 2004 the legislature transferred the reporting responsibility to The African American Affairs Commission, which is an agency that reports to the General Assembly.  No annual report has been issued since 2001. (see 2001 Report below)
 
 Interim Report of Traffic Stops Statistics, January 2000 to June 2000, Division of Criminal Justice, Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, January 2001. 

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Governor's Press Release on Racial Profiling
{CT-N Video Broadcast}  Governor Dannel P. Malloy released this statement following a legislative press conference calling for stronger enforcement of the racial profiling law.
“More than 10 years ago, as the Mayor of Stamford, I was proud to stand with the men and women of the Stamford Police Department on Martin Luther King Day to announce that we did not tolerate racial profiling and would lead the efforts to ensure its elimination. As Governor, I will continue to insist that every effort is taken to protect individual rights in every community, and that racial profiling is eliminated.  It appears that for the past five years federal funding has been available to pay for racial identity data gathering and analysis.  I cannot speak to the actions of the previous administration in allowing these funds to languish, but I can assure Connecticut residents that my Administration is committed to enforcing the laws on the books and has moved forward to get this data collected, reported, and evaluated.  Let me be clear: it is simply unacceptable that Connecticut law hasn’t been followed.  To that end, I have directed my staff and the Department of Transportation to ensure police departments continue to collect, or begin to collect, this data and submit it to an appropriate outside evaluator for analysis and report.”
 
 
Summary of the Alvin W. PENN ACT
 
SUMMARY: This act (1) requires local police departments and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to give annual traffic stop reports to the African-American Affairs Commission pursuant to the racial profiling law and (2) reinstates the requirement (in effect until January 1, 2003) that departments give such reports to the chief state's attorney.
 
The act requires DPS and local police to give to the commission, instead of just the chief state's attorney, a copy of each complaint they receive about discriminatory stops and written notification of the reviews and dispositions.
 
It requires the commission to (1) review the traffic stop data and complaints and (2) annually, beginning January 1, 2004, report its review results and recommendations to the governor, legislature, and other entities it deems appropriate. A prior law that required the chief state's attorney to conduct the reviews, within available appropriations, and provide one report to the governor and legislature expired in January 2003.
 
The act bars police from recording in racial profiling traffic-stop forms or complaints about discriminatory stops any information, such as the driver's license number, name, or address, that can be used to identify the person stopped or the complainant. The act does not affect the recording of non-personally identifying characteristics such as age, race, color, gender, and ethnicity, which the law already requires.
 
The act names the law banning racial profiling "The Alvin W. Penn Racial Profiling Prohibition Act."
 
 
Taking Action - What can you do? 
 
Racial Profiling Is Against the Law!
 
The Alvin W. Penn Racial Profiling Prohibition Act (Connecticut General Statutes Sections 54-1l and 54-1m) prohibits any law enforcement agency from stopping, detaining, or searching any motorist when the stop is motivated solely by considerations of the race, color, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation.

Further, this law allows any motor vehicle operator who feels that he or she has been stopped solely due to one of these considerations to file a formal complaint.

If you feel that you are the victim of racial profiling, please fill out the  Traffic Stop Complaint Form.

This form must be submitted to the police agency (local Police Department or the Connecticut State Police) that made the stop.

  • Submitting this complaint form will have no effect on a summons, infraction (a traffic ticket) or written warning that may have been issued to the operator.
  • The complaint form should only be completed by the operator of the vehicle (the person who was driving at the time the police stopped the vehicle).
  • If there are complaints of another nature, the Police Department that made the stop may require a separate form.
 
Resources and Related Links
Below are related resources and links.
 
State of Connecticut Legislation
National Reports
 
The following report was distributed on December 28, 2011 the current listing for Criminal Justice professionals who receive the OPM Criminal Justice Bulletin, an electronic news bulletin or e-Alert.
  • { } Protecting Civil Rights: A Leadership Guide for State, Local and Tribal Law Enforcement, authored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the COPS office.
     Download the Report
{ } State of Connecticut Reports
  • Interim Report of Traffic Stops Statistics, January 2000 to June 2000, Division of Criminal Justice
    Office of the Chief State’s Attorney, January 2001.
    {CT-N Video Broadcast}
  • { } Connecticut's Racial Profiling Law, Office of Legislative Research (OLR) Reserch Report, April 13, 2011
 
 
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