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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

A Victory in France in the Struggle against Racial Bias in Policing

November 14, 2016 | Lanna Hollo

A ruling from France’s top civil court affirmed that the police are subject to antidiscrimination laws, and set the stage for a change in policing practices.

Case Watch: Justice Sotomayor Highlights Impact of Biased Policing

August 22, 2016 | Michael Youhana

A Supreme Court justice’s arguments make for powerful reading, given the troubled state of relations between the police and African American communities across the country.

A Death in Police Custody, an Outpouring of Anger in the Netherlands

July 8, 2015 | Marc Krupanski

The death of 42-year-old Mitch Henriquez at the hands of Dutch police sparked four nights of violent rioting in the Hague, fueled by underlying tensions between the police and minority communities in the Netherlands.