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April 22, 2018

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Driving While Black: Racial Profiling on America`s Highways
Last Featured: 4/26/2000

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In this edition of Justice Talking we take on the incendiary issue of racially motivated traffic stops. In recent years, scores of African Americans and Latinos, including prominent athletes, members of Congress, actors, lawyers, business leaders and even police officers, have experienced the humiliation of being stopped on the nation`s highways upon suspicion of a crime. Few white motorists can tell the same story. But are these traffic stops and searches legitimate mechanisms to stem the trafficking of drugs or are they discriminatory stops for the crime of what`s been called ``Driving While Black.``
Margot Adler hosts a debate about race and law enforcement with Law Professor and former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden who has been repeatedly stopped because of his race and Law Professor Byron Warnken, General Counsel to the Maryland State Troopers Association and the Director of Legal Programs for the National Law Enforcement Officers` Rights Center, the advocacy and educational center for the National Association of Police Organizations. But first, Susan Goodman, a news reporter for WAMU in Washington, DC reports on the civil rights case, which is the subject of today`s debate, a lawsuit brought against the Maryland State Police for an alleged pattern of discriminatory stops.

Christopher A. Darden is an Associate Professor of Law at Southwestern School of Law in Los Angeles where he teaches Criminal Law and Trial Advocacy. During his fifteen years as a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, Darden prosecuted major felonies, including nineteen homicide cases and numerous other major crimes. In addition, Darden was responsible for supervising the DA's Special Investigations Division, that investigates police officer-involved shootings, in-custody deaths, excessive force allegations, misconduct of public officials, and election law violations. In 1994, Darden rose to national attention when he was appointed as one of the lead prosecutors in the

Byron Warnken is a Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law where he specializes in criminal law and criminal procedure. An experienced appellate advocate, Warnken has argued numerous appeals of criminal law cases in both the Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. In addition to his academic responsibilities, Warnken serves as General Counsel to the Maryland Troopers Association, a membership organization that provides services to Maryland Police officers. Moreover, Mr. Warnken is the Director of Legal Programs for the National Law Enforcement Officers' Rights Center, the advocacy and educational center for the National Association of Police Organizations.

Closing Quote
"What is striking is the role legal principles have played . . . in determining the condition of Negroes. They were enslaved by law, emancipated by law, disenfranchised and segregated by law; and, finally, they have begun to win equality by law. . . . The men who gathered in Philadelphia in 1787 . . . could not have imagined, nor would they have accepted, that the document they were drafting would one day be construed by a Supreme Court to which had been appointed a woman and the descendent of an African slave. 'We the People' no longer enslave, but the credit does not belong to the framers. It belongs to those who refused to acquiesce in outdated notions of 'liberty,' 'justice,' and 'equality,' and who strived to better them."

— Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall upon the 200th anniversary of the United States Constitution, July 1976

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Driving While Black: Racial Profiling On Our Nation's Highways An American Civil Liberties Union Special Report, June 1999.
ACLU Pocket Card on Police Encounters
The Criminal Justice Police Foundation Survey ,
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