NJ state police and blacks on the NJ turnpike

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We will take a look into a court case which led a Superior Court judge to conclude

in 1996 that the New Jersey State Police had a policy of ‘selective enforcement’ by

targeting blacks for investigation and arrest.

Introduction

The New Jersey State Troopers for

example, have intelligence that Jamaican drug posses have a fondness for Nissan

Pathfinders as their vehicles of choice when transporting marijuana along the Northeast

Corridor.

The controversy surrounds racial profiling on the New Jersey Turnpike as practiced

by New Jersey State Troopers was focused almost exclusively on highway stops. Where

the police were stopping a disproportionate share of black and other minority drivers for

traffic violations, but the prevailing argument states that the stops were specifically

carried out as a means of drug interdiction. Of course in many instances, the driver may

have committed an infraction, but there might, and usually were others within the

specific cluster in which he was traveling, who also committed a similar violation. But

it was their lucky day for the others, because a minority was in the vicinity.
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New Jersey State Police and Blacks on the New Jersey Turnpike

We will take a look into a court case which led a Superior Court judge to conclude

in 1996 that the New Jersey State Police had a policy of ‘selective enforcement’ by

targeting blacks for investigation and arrest. Some of the finding were as follows;

“The ruling followed one of the states longest evidentry hearings—six months of

testimony and 200 exhibits, many of them statistical surveys of drivers and traffic

stops on the southern most 26-mile stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike. ...
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