- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 2, 2010

ANNAPOLIS — An appeals court has ordered the Maryland State Police to turn over about 10,000 documents relating to allegations of racial profiling by state troopers.

The ruling is part of a long-running legal battle between the state police and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People that’s known as the “Driving While Black” case. A 2003 consent decree required the agency to work to stop racial profiling by its officers, and six plaintiffs received $20,000 each in a settlement approved in 2008.

The NAACP wants to inspect internal affairs documents to determine whether state police are properly investigating allegations of racial profiling by troopers. State police argued the documents the NAACP was seeking were confidential because they are personnel records, but the Maryland Court of Special Appeals rejected that argument in an opinion filed Tuesday.

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