Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

REVIEW: APD Racially Profiled Arab.(Final)

Byline: Chris Ramirez Journal Staff Writer

Oversight Panel Cites Call to FBI

An Arab man whose name is similar to that of Iraq's deposed dictator was racially profiled when his car was stopped five months ago, an independent review officer says.

But Bernalillo County's sheriff disagrees.

Sheriff Darren White predicts that the review officer's opinion, if upheld by the city's Police Oversight Commission, could have a devastating effect on local law enforcement's ability to provide homeland security. That could include the sheriff's department, he said.

Independent Review Officer Jay Rowland said that while police legally pulled over Saadoun Hussein's car last winter, he believed the Albuquerque man was racially profiled. …

Log in to your account to read this article – and millions more.