Group Explores Whether Racial Profiling Exists in Davenport

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The Davenport Police Department is trying to tackle any racial profiling that may occur.

It is teaming up with St. Ambrose University, the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) to look at the issue. A St. Ambrose University Professor will give a review of traffic stop data that's been collected.

As previously reported, LULAC signed a memorandum of understanding with the NAACP and the Davenport Police Department to discuss the issue. They signed it in late May.

In early June, the American Civil Liberties Union released a study that said blacks were nearly nine times more likely to be arrested for marijuana use than whites in Iowa. The study claimed that blacks were nearly eight times more likely to be arrested for the same offense.

No changes will be made to enforcement policies in the Davenport Police Department, but Police Chief Frank Donchez has been working on this with LULAC for the past two years. Thursday's meeting starts at 3 p.m. at the LULAC Building on Ricker Hill Road.