Arizona Travel Warning
If you are Hispanic, African-American, Native-American, or any other Racial Minority and are planning on travelling to or through the state of Arizona, BEWARE, you may very well have your civil rights violated by the very people that are entrusted to uphold public safety.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety has a history of racial profiling. They continue the practice to this day. Hispanic, African-American and Native-American motorists are significantly more likely to be issued citations, arrested, and searched compared to Whites (According to their own study).
The Arizona Department of Public Safety has a history of racial profiling. This practice continues. We have issued a TRAVEL WARNING for all Racial Minorities traveling to or through the State of Arizona. Review our Traffic Stop Information Page in order to protect yourself from the tactics that the Arizona DPS uses to subject motorists to unequal application of the law based on a persons race.
If you were racially profiled and your civil rights were violated in the State of Arizona, we want to hear from you, we will share your story. This “pattern and practice” of the Arizona DPS is despicable. This has gone on for too long.
In 2001, the ACLU of Arizona filed a class action lawsuit (Arnold v. Arizona Department of Public Safety), and the case was resolved in 2006 with approval of a historic settlement agreement. As part of the settlement, the Arizona DPS was required to collect data on all traffic stops and modify search procedures.
The ACLU of Arizona commissioned the Social Research Laboratory (SRL) at Northern Arizona University to analyze the first year of DPS data collected under terms of the Arnold settlement.
This report concludes that DPS officers treated persons from different racial and ethnic groups unequally between July 2006 and June 2007. Minorities were more likely than whites to be searched and stopped for longer periods of time.
Read the full report. Driving While Black or Brown: An analysis of racial profiling in Arizona.
To review the three year “Traffic Stop Data Reports” required under the terms of Arnold v. Arizona Department of Public Safety, CLICK HERE.
File a complaint with the Arizona DPS against an officer for Racial Profiling, CLICK HERE.