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Hartford City Councilman Luis Cotto and a coalition of advocacy groups are trying to pass an ordinance against racial profiling in the city. A majority favored the idea at last week’s public hearing, while Hartford Police Chief Daryl K. Roberts later spoke against it. If there’s already a state racial profiling law on the books, why is this ordinance necessary in Hartford? Has the state law failed?

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Our thanks to special guests Shahid Buttar of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and Stephen M. Cox, Ph.D. of the CCSU criminology department.


Hartford Advocate, June 29, 2010 | Do Hartford Police Need More Anti-Profiling Requirements?

Courant July 28, 2009 | Profiling Law Unravels: Few Police Departments Still Provide Data

Hartford Common Council considers civil rights reforms

Bill of Rights Defense Committee

A Better Way Foundation

Stephen M. Cox, Ph.D., teaches a variety of courses in criminology at Central Connecticut State University

The Alvin W. Penn Racial Profiling Prohibition Act