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ACLU settles racial profiling lawsuit with State Police

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An ACLU lawsuit over alleged racial profiling by the Michigan State Police has reached a settlement

The agreement is the latest step in a years-long fight to get the state police to hire experts to find out why drivers of color are stopped at disproportionate rates.

ACLU attorney Mark Fancher says arguing the case involved “extensive discovery” and the deposition of troopers.

"Parties take stock of what the evidence shows and what their exposure might be if they’re defendants, what the potential is for liability—of finding of liability, all those kind of things. And they ultimately make their own decisions about whether it makes sense to go ahead and try and resolve the case.”

Now a hired firm will create a report on various policing practices to uncover any discrimination and give recommendations.

-The Michigan State Police says it’s committed to unbiased policing and the lawsuit didn’t uncover any information supporting a claim of racial profiling.-

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