Racial Profiling Report

HOUSTON (AP) - Leaders of the Houston branch of the NAACP say
too many minority drivers are being stopped in Bellaire and they want city officials to take steps to address a racial profiling they say is common.

Houston NAACP official D.Z. Cofield took up the issue yesterday with the city of Bellaire's recent statistical report on traffic stops. The report found little change in the racial breakdown of
traffic stops from year to year since 2002.

The Houston Chronicle reported Cofield said that a lot of people of color had learned to live with it. He said they had learned to stay out of Bellaire, a mostly white affluent Houston suburb of about 18,000 people.

Mayor Cindy Siegel had previously said she hoped racial profiling consultant Alex Del Carmen, who compiles the city's traffic stop statistics, could tell elected officials if the city had a problem.

But Del Carmen had no opinion on the issue and said the bare statistics in his report on who is stopped by police were not enough.

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