NHTSA meets with CT law enforcement to prevent racial profiling

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration met with law enforcement leaders at the Connecticut Capitol Thursday, attempting to push back against racial profiling.

A racial profiling task force says too many police departments focus traffic stops in minority neighborhoods without the crime data to justify it.

Meanwhile, Norwalk police are among some departments already working to prevent racial profiling, and now they are hoping other departments do the same. In the past, they have had meetings with the NAACP and had national trainers work with officers.

The Connecticut Racial Profiling Project says Connecticut police departments are collecting ample crime data, but that sometimes their lack of resources to properly analyze it inadvertently leads to racial profiling.

State police say that they've started using a federal system to better analyze data in order to put troopers in areas they are needed most.

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