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Darien police urges public not to jump to conclusions following report

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Police in Darien are urging the public not to jump to conclusions after a report suggesting racial profiling is an issue in town.

The report, compiled each year since 2013 by Central Connecticut State University, singles out six state and local departments, including Darien, where minorities are pulled over disproportionately to whites.

Darien's police chief released a statement saying in part, “While we applaud the efforts to ensure public trust in law enforcement, peer review of previous reports has raised questions about some of the methodology used. It is our intention to meet with the project managers of the report in the near future for additional clarification and evaluation.”

According to analysts, Troop B state police in North Canaan and departments in Berlin, Monroe, Newtown, Norwich, Ridgefield and Darien had "statistically significant" disparities in traffic stops of minorities compared with stops of whites. They say those agencies will be analyzed further.

The report says stops of minority drivers statewide were more likely to happen during daylight hours when their race and ethnicity are more visible.

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