Report hits police, sheriffs on profiling law

Jul 20, 2012

Civil right groups and an immigrant advocacy organization have released a report that faults most law enforcement agencies in New Mexico on racial profiling. The report unveiled Thursday says less than a quarter of agencies surveyed are in compliance with a 2009 state law banning bias policing.

The report also says around 20 percent of agencies have no written policies against bias policing and about 24 percent refused to provide their policies, a violation of state law.

According to the report's survey, only the Socorro County Sheriff's Department and Santa Fe and Socorro police were in full compliance with the law.

The New Mexico's NAACP and Somos Un Pueblo Unido, a Santa Fe-based immigrant advocacy group, released the report funded by the Berkeley Law Center for Human Rights.