Huntsville has racial disparity in traffic tickets

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - More than half of the traffic tickets in Hunstville go to blacks, even though the city's population is less than one-third black.

The Census bureau lists Huntsville's population as 31.5 percent black. Huntsville police issued 55 percent of their tickets to blacks between June 2006 and June 2008.

Deputy Police Chief Mark Hudson says police have focused their enforcement efforts on areas with the most traffic deaths, and those happen to be areas with predominantly black neighborhoods. He said the plan has reduced traffic deaths significantly.

The Rev. T.C. Johnson sees it differently. He told the City Council that it's racial profiling.
Information compiled by AP from: The Huntsville Times,

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Heather Location: Headland AL on Jul 18, 2009 at 01:46 PM
    This is a rediculous claim..."racial profiling." If the tickets had been issued to mostly whites, or even to another other race such as asians, hispanics, etc...this story would not even be a headline. The truth is not pretty sometimes. Therefore, too bad if the "black" communities have alot of crime and in turn recieve the most tickets. Grow up people, and start taking repsonsibility for your actions. Quit the blame game...everyone is so tired of hearing the whining!
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