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Monday, August 6, 2007

Racial Profiling is Still a Problem in Kansas

From Two years ago, Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius signed a law intended to end police stops based solely on skin color.

The law required, among other things, all law enforcement agencies in the state to make yearly reports to the attorney general’s office listing complaints of racial profiling.

Last year, however, only one in three law enforcement agencies in Kansas filed the required reports of racial profiling. That is 147 of 431 agencies, or 34 percent.

By comparison, 97 percent of law enforcement officials in Missouri filed such reports last year — 635 of 653 agencies.

“We don’t have any enforcement ability” over those agencies that don’t report, said Ashley Anstaett, spokeswoman for Kansas Attorney General Paul Morrison. “There’s no penalty if they don’t report.”

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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