New law aims to shed light on racial makeup of traffic stops statewide
Portland Press Herald - 07/15/2021
Jack McDevitt, director of the Institute for Race and Justice at Northeastern University, said this is the standard for collecting data on racial profiling around the country because the focus is on how police perceive the situation. McDevitt is advising the Maine attorney general on implementation of the bill.
“It’s not how I self-identify myself that causes people to treat me differently. It’s how I’m perceived,” McDevitt said. “It’s really important to know how a particular police officer perceives that person, because the perceptions of the officer will be what drive any kind of (bias). If there were any bias in terms of how they acted, it’d be based on their perception.”