WGN interviewed Chicagoan's in the South Loop and their reactions to ACLU of Illinois's latest report on racial disparity in vehicle searches by Illinois police at traffic stops. Nancy Loo reported that the ACLU's findings were of no surprise to many drivers of color in Chicago.
ACLU of Illinois Communications and Public Policy Director, Ed Yonkha, told WGN that consent-based searched are coercive because most people feel compelled to say yes. In addition, Latinos and African Americans were found to be twice as likely to have their vehicles searched than white drivers. Yohnka state:
"He or she ought to have a reason that they can articulate and they can defend. It ought not simply to be because they don't like you or they don't like the looks of you or just have a hunch that you may be doing something wrong."
WGN reached out to the Chicago Police Department and the Illinois State Police for their response:
The Chicago Police Department says they have taken step to add mandatory training for officers on how they interact with the community. A spokeswoman for the Illinois State Police says the agency has taken steps to improve the accountability, training and “cultural awareness” of officers.