Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Activists target alleged racial profiling on Eight Mile; police push back against claims

Metro Detroit activists are highlighting alleged racial profiling by police near Eight Mile and seeking complaints from motorists to underscore what they say is a longstanding issue in the area.

In the wake of George Floyd’s death last year during an encounter with a White officer in Minneapolis, the Racial Profiling Across 8 Mile Committee and affiliated supporters have erected billboards in prominent spots along the thoroughfare between Detroit and suburban communities to field reports of such incidents. 

Hundreds of complaints have poured in so far, and many came through one of the boards near Hazel Park citing the suburb’s police department, said Kenya Fentress, an organizer with the committee and the Moratorium NOW! Coalition.

Callers have said they believe officers have tracked them across Eight Mile and performed illegal searches after pulling them over for minor issues because they are African American, she said.

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