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Civil rights advocates laud plan to curb racial profiling

Seek new training, penalties for police


    On city boulevards and rural lanes, whites and women are far more likely to receive written warnings instead of tickets when stopped for identical traffic offenses, according to a Boston Globe study of newly released state records.


Police plan public meeting

Chiefs deny racial profiling

Civil rights advocates laud plan

Police chiefs decry study

Racial profiling is confirmed
Northeastern study [PDF]
Report summary
Who got a passing grade?
Police response [MS Word]

Police flouting 'no fix' law on tickets

Profiling study cites dozens of locales Charts
Northeastern study [PDF]

Reilly starts push to end profiling in police stops

Boston police to get tough on tickets

Judge: Suspect must stay in jail

Seeing bias, evidence tossed

Deeper look at profiling

Funding urged for study

Ticketing cited despite curbs

Romney backs profile tracking
People asked to join task force

Chief: Glitch caused error

Task force to review data


Day 1:
Race, sex, and age drive ticketing
Minority officers are stricter on minorities
Boston to track all stops by police

Who gets fined for speeding
Minority officers
Most-favored status
One officer's week

Ticketing whites vs. minorities
Large departments | All

Ticketing women vs. men
Large departments | All

Day 2:
Punishment varies by town and officer

How tickets raise insurance
Ranking the departments
Littering is worse?

Toughest on speeders
Large departments | All
Locals vs. out-of-towners
Large departments | All

Day 3:
Troopers fair, tough in traffic encounters

Frequent ticketers
How fast can you go?

Editorial: Tickets to fix
Op-Ed: Looking deeper
Op-Ed: Study proves nothing
Profiles in prejudice


Q & A
Secretary of Public Safety Edward A. Flynn, the senior law enforcement official in Massachusetts, spoke with the Globe about this series. Q & A

Detailed report
A closer look at how the Globe analyzed hundreds of thousands of traffic tickets.
Download study
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Online chat
Globe reporter Bill Dedman chatted with readers about this series.
Read full transcript


In January, the Globe published the first results of its analysis.

Part 1:
Citations reveal disparity
Totals key to computations

Tracking tickets
Searches by race and age

Searching minorities more often
Ticketing their own

Part 2:
Police not pressed on race
Tewksbury cop is tops
Fridays worst for tickets
Scope of monitoring reduced

Where race was not recorded

Failing to record the race
Searching more cars

Civil rights leaders yesterday hailed the state's action on racial profiling and called for sanctions against police departments showing evidence of bias. On Tuesday, state Secretary of Public Safety Edward A. Flynn ruled that 249 police departments have shown racial disparities in traffic enforcement and must collect more information on every traffic stop for one year. A coalition of civil rights groups held a news conference yesterday at the State House to urge more action. They called for training police officers to avoid racial profiling, and disciplining those who show bias; penalizing police departments that show evidence of racial profiling, perhaps by cutting off state grants; and requiring smaller police agencies, such as the campus police at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and the MBTA, to collect the information as well. The groups included the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Justice, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, the NAACP, Project R.I.G.H.T., Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, Northeastern Diocese of Saint Francis of Assisi, Youth Opportunity Boston, and the advisory board of the Institute on Race and Justice. Several of the advocates expressed frustration that police chiefs had spoken out against the state action and had criticized the Northeastern University study on which Flynn based his ruling. They pointed out that several of the police chiefs in larger jurisdictions, such as Lowell and Boston, welcomed the study and supported the plan to collect more data. As for the police chiefs, "you would think that they were the victims," said Lisa Thurau-Gray, special projects director for the Juvenile Justice Center at Suffolk Law School. "They are the ones with state power and weapons."

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