Black Iowans feel profiled by police
USA Today - 08/17/2015
However, a racial profiling expert said complaints are not a good barometer to determine whether there’s a problem.
“Citizens are either afraid of retaliation from police so they don’t complain, or more often, they just believe nothing’s going to happen, so why bother,” said Jack McDevitt, director of the Institute on Race and Justice at Northeastern University in Boston, who has studied and written about racial profiling for the past two decades.
In the Des Moines area, members of the nonprofit community organization AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy) have spent the past year recording the stories of black Iowans who believe they have been unfairly singled out because of their race by store clerks, security guards, police and others.