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Prejudice in Policing

How many times have you been stopped and searched by the police? In Europe, the answer to that question is too often determined by the color of your skin. And how does that feel? We all need to know.

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Police ethnic profiling involves singling out people for checks because of their race, ethnicity, or religion. Ethnic profiling is unfair and discriminatory. It is also an inefficient way of fighting crime. We are working with communities to document the problem and working with police to find solutions.

Ethnic Profiling in Europe

Open Society Voices

Rotterdam’s Top Cop Wants to Strip Fashionable Black Young People

March 30, 2018 | Jair Schalkwijk, Dionne Abdoelhafiezkhan

With his dog-whistle statements about young people, one of the Netherlands’ top law enforcement authorities has reminded the world that police must take responsibility for maintaining good relations with their communities.

Confronting the Tigers: How Young Parisians Use the Law to Expose Police Abuse

March 7, 2018 | Lanna Hollo

Four police officers in Paris are on trial for assault, in a case that is highlighting the human cost of abusive and discriminatory policing.

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January 13, 2017 | Nick Glynn

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