The Chicago Tribune provided coverage of our complaint to the U.S. Department of Justice, asking for an investigation into racial bias in consent searches by the Illinois State Police:

The civil rights group has long pushed to ban such searches, citing data collected by the state that shows Hispanics and African Americans were two to three times more likely to be searched for contraband even though white motorists were more likely to be found in possession of drugs, alcohol or weapons.

It’s a trend the group says has been evident since the state began collecting racial data in traffic stops in 2003, a measure pushed by President Barack Obama when he was in the state Senate.

“These searches are carried out on a hunch, and it’s clear the Illinois State Police have hunches more frequently with black or brown drivers, and that those hunches turn out to be wrong more frequently for black and brown drivers,” said Harvey Grossman, legal director for the ACLU of Illinois.

Read the whole thing.