Review Finds No Evidence of Racial Profiling

Review Finds No Evidence of Racial Profiling

March 21, 2020
(Scottsbluff, NEB.)

On Wednesday, the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) noticed social media posts by Miranda Lattimore alleging that she and her husband, Marcus Lattimore, had been racially profiled during a traffic stop on I-80 near Kimball. NSP immediately reached out to Mrs. Lattimore to get more information, so NSP could investigate.

The traffic stop occurred at approximately 8:38 a.m. MT Wednesday, when a trooper observed a Ford SUV speeding and violating the Move Over law as it passed another trooper who was conducting a different traffic stop. During the stop, Mr. Lattimore was invited to join the trooper in the front seat of his cruiser, a common practice to assist completion of electronic paperwork.

During the traffic stop, the trooper also noted multiple indicators consistent with drug seizures made by law enforcement on I-80, much of which is in a federally-designated High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. An NSP sergeant and a trainee, who had been on a traffic stop approximately one-quarter mile away, arrived at the scene to assist, as is common practice. An NSP K9 unit was requested to do an outside sniff of the vehicle.

Troopers explained that their procedures were consistent with drug investigations and engaged Mr. Lattimore in casual conversation. Mrs. Lattimore was allowed to remain in their vehicle until the K9 arrived. The K9 did not indicate on the vehicle. The vehicle was never searched. Mr. Lattimore was issued a citation for violating the Move Over law and a warning for speeding.

NSP’s internal investigation was completed Friday and found no evidence or indicators of racial profiling, nor any violations of NSP policy.

“The Nebraska State Patrol stands behind our trooper in the strongest way possible,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “This trooper conducted himself in a professional manner throughout the entire traffic stop. NSP takes all complaints seriously, especially any of the gravity of racial profiling, which is why this case was investigated thoroughly and expeditiously. We believe the Lattimores have a right to express their frustration, however the accusation that this stop occurred as a result of racial bias is not supported by the facts.”

One hundred percent of NSP sworn personnel undergo rigorous anti-bias training, including the troopers involved in this stop. The State of Nebraska has a sophisticated monitoring and reporting system for identifying possible bias in traffic stops, to which the NSP actively adheres.