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ACLU Wants Federal Probe of Illinois State Police

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is seeking a federal investigation of possible discrimination in the way Illinois state police handle searches during traffic stops.

The ACLU says state police are far more likely to ask minority drivers for permission to search their cars.

In some years, state police were nearly four times more likely to ask Hispanic drivers than white drivers to allow a search and three times more likely to ask black drivers. The ACLU says statistics show state police actually found illegal contraband more often among white drivers.

The ACLU said Tuesday that Illinois officials have ignored the issue, so they’re asking the U.S. Department of Justice to get involved.

There was no immediate response from the state police.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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