Supreme Court: not ethnic profiling in traffic

The police may on the streets not just a random pick for a traffic control vehicle solely on the basis of the ethnic or religious characteristics or backgrounds of the driver or passenger.

That has the Supreme Court Tuesday determined in a case about so-called dynamic traffic controls. In this type of checks is admonished to stop a car, especially when in individuals the police consider them criminally active. The agents are often not of the traffic police, but of the recherche.

The High Council meets with the ruling in a case in which a suspect was acquitted of drug charges at such a dynamic traffic control. In this particular case had the police acted according to the Supreme Court, however, precisely because it actually first driver's license and license plate were checked.

The police may in selecting a car for a control does not discriminate, but in this case nothing proven, thus the High Council. The case must be done because the police, unlike the Court previously defined, the power to traffic control not improper.

Anne Marie Zain, ombudsman in Rotterdam, said last week during a debate on the Police Academy that agents should be able to explain why they always someone standing. "You basically have the right to be left alone." During that meeting gave Police Chief Erik akerboom admitted that controls which only ethnicity plays a role ' unfortunately often occur '. "It is an urgent and major problem of and for the police".

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