The ACLU of Illinois filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice requesting an investigation into racial bias in the Illinois' State Police use of so-called consent searches. The Huffington Post digs in:
Years of public data show that a practice called a "consent search," where officers ask to search a car despite having insufficient legal evidence for the search, disproportionately targets minority drivers.
"The discrimination is striking," said Harvey Grossman, legal director at ACLU Illinois, in a phone interview with Huffington Post Chicago. "There's nothing left to say other than that the Illinois State Police are using a different standard when they stop black and brown motorists."
For example, in 2009, Latino drivers were three times more likely to be subjected to a consent search than white drivers. But white drivers were more than 2.5 times more likely to have contraband found in their car during such a search than Latinos. Numbers were similar for black drivers, and for several years prior as well.