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In 2001, the Texas Legislature passed a law prohibiting "Racial Profiling."  Police Officers may not take any enforcement-initiating action based on an individuals race, ethnicity, or national origin rather than on the individual's behavior or on information identifying the individual as having engaged in criminal activity.  "Race or Ethnicity" is defined as a person's particular descent, including Caucasian, African, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American.

Examples of "Racial Profiling" include but are not limited to:

  • Initiating a traffic stop on a particular vehicle because of the race, ethnicity, or national origin of the driver a vehicle.

  • Stopping or detaining the driver of a vehicle based on the determination that a person of that race, ethnicity, or national origin is unlikely to own or possess that specific make or model.
  • Stopping or detaining an individual based upon the determination that a person of that race, ethnicity, or national origin is unlikely to be in that place or part of town.
  • Stopping a driver when looking for a suspect if the only commonality between the suspect and the driver is their race, ethnicity, or national origin.
  • Singling out an individual for enforcement who is part of a group of individuals exhibiting similar behavior (for example, a group of drivers exceeding the speed limit)  because of the individual's race, ethnicity, or national origin.

"Racial Profiling" by officers is strictly prohibited by the Dallas Police Department.  Officers who violate this policy are subject to the same actions described in "What Happens When A Complaint Is Found To Be True?"  complaints alleging "Racial Profiling" are accepted and investigated in the same manner as other complaints.