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Policing and Racial Inequality Issues Related to Vehicle Searches

Posted by Dan Kann | Jan 27, 2022 | 0 Comments

It is not possible to think or believe that all of our issues, problems and concerns as a nation are resolved in the area of race relations, but we are coming far. For some members of our citizen population though, we have not come far enough. There are still people of color (Asian, Middle Eastern, African American and Hispanic, etc.) who do feel that they are being treated unfairly by the police. In the case of routine traffic stops in Ventura, there have been many cases where over multiple jurisdictions, minorities are being treated in error in regard to traffic stops. In the cases where there is vague evidence found for people of color, there appears to be biases by the police in those cases towards arrests or detainments.

Racial Inequality at Traffic Stops

Studies show that there may be gaps in how white drivers versus drivers of color are treated and identified at state patrol traffic stops as well. There are statistically larger gaps between people who are white and drivers of color, and the hit rates for drivers of color may outweigh white traffic stop individuals. It may be the case that some drivers are able to receive a higher threshold for searches, especially for illegal substances. In this case, drivers of color may be more likely to be charged with an offense, depending on the racial makeup of the law enforcement agency making the traffic stops or vehicle searches.

It is difficult to show that blatant discrimination has taken place, but there are tests to look at when reviewing and identifying thresholds for searches and search policies for police in various jurisdictions. These are decidedly complicated questions with complex answers to be found. Adding to the mix is the fact that every case is different, and for that reason it is not possible to over generalize incidents found in search policies of police jurisdictions as a rule.

How Do You Know If You Were Treated Unfairly at a Ventura Traffic Stop?

If you feel that you have been discriminated against in a traffic stop or search of your vehicle related to a traffic stop by police, you should call us today. We can discuss these sensitive issues with you, to find out if there will be a way to identify any search and seizure issue that would help us defend you. We are on your side, and are able to confidentially discuss these legal issues with you. We can also answer your questions and tell you about the laws of your jurisdiction. You need to be with an attorney who has knowledge of these rules of law, to get the most beneficial result for your case and your situation.

In the event that you feel that you have been treated unfairly by law enforcement officials, we want to talk to you. You can feel comfortable giving us a call right now at 888-744-7730, or use our confidential contact form. The lawyers at Kann California Law Group are standing by! 

About the Author

Dan Kann

Daniel E. Kann has devoted his entire legal career exclusively to defending individuals facing criminal prosecution in Southern California. Dan fights criminal cases throughout Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Kern, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.


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