- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

FERNDALE, Mich. (AP) - The Ferndale Police Department denied suggestion that it may engage in racial profiling after an American Civil Liberties Union study found the department ticketed a disproportionate number of black motorists.

The study found about 60 percent of ticketed motorists near Detroit were black when the driver’s race was known, the Daily Tribune of Royal Oak (https://bit.ly/1nJT8pV ) reported. It analyzed thousands of tickets issued between January 2013 and May 2014 after the nonprofit received anonymous complaints. The ACLU said it plans to continue investigating and wants more information from the police department.

Ferndale’s population was less than 10 percent black in 2010, according to U.S. Census data.

“We don’t know what we have yet,” ACLU attorney Mark Fancher said. “We would like to know why they are stopping so many black motorists … It’s too soon to tell if they are engaged in racial profiling.”

Ferndale Police Chief Timothy Collins said he received a letter from the ACLU Tuesday and is ready to meet with the organization. The police department is taking the allegation “very seriously” and strongly believes racial profiling is not occurring, he said.

The ACLU has suggested the department seek outside help on the issue by hiring an independent firm to investigate.

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Information from: The Daily Tribune, https://www.dailytribune.com


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