New Study Finds that Arabs and Blacks Face Biases from Paris Police

An investigative study has found that police in the French capital use racial and ethnic profiling against Arabs and blacks, triggering warnings from officials and experts on the risk of creating a sense of injustice among minorities. The Open Society Justice Initiative carried out the study from November 2007 to May 2008, analyzing police records to find that young Arab and black men are stopped for identity checks far more often than young whites. Nathalie Duhamel, general secretary of the National Commission on Security Ethics, which investigates complaints against the police, says the problem with police profiling is that identity checks leave no trail to call officers to account.