What if the officer stopped me because of my race?

Sometimes a driver will suspect that the officer pulled them over because of racial profiling. If the officer has a reasonable suspicion that a driver is committing a traffic violation or a crime, they have a constitutional right to pull over that driver. However, this can serve as a pretext for making a driver uncomfortable so that they leave the area or for harassing a driver whom the officer has a personal reason to dislike. If an officer stops a driver based on their race, the driver may have a constitutional claim under the Equal Protection Clause. You probably should not pursue this complex type of case on your own, and most traffic ticket attorneys will not want to handle it. Social justice organizations like the ACLU may be interested in assisting you.

16.08.2020

What if the officer stopped me because of my race?

Sometimes a driver will suspect that the officer pulled them over because of racial profiling. If the officer has a reasonable suspicion that a driver is committing a traffic violation or a crime, they have a constitutional right to pull over that driver. However, this can serve as a pretext for making a driver uncomfortable so that they leave the area or for harassing a driver whom the officer has a personal reason to dislike. If an officer stops a driver based on their race, the driver may have a constitutional claim under the Equal Protection Clause. You probably should not pursue this complex type of case on your own, and most traffic ticket attorneys will not want to handle it. Social justice organizations like the ACLU may be interested in assisting you.