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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

Data Alone Won’t Stop Ethnic Profiling

June 19, 2018 | Maryam H’madoun

While many police officers in Belgium recognize that ethnic profiling is real and harmful, acknowledging the problem is only the beginning. It’s time for law enforcement to move beyond words and make concrete policy changes.

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