Iowa groups launch racial profiling project

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A coalition of advocacy groups is launching a project to document cases of alleged racial profiling in the Des Moines area.

The groups will conduct one-on-one interviews in October and November with people who claim experiences of racial profiling in the city. The project aims to map locations where racial profiling may occur.

Organizers say the project will also hold law enforcement officials and policymakers accountable. A message to the Des Moines Police Department was not immediately returned Tuesday.

The groups say they define racial profiling as targeting individuals for suspicion of a crime based on race, ethnicity, religion or national origin.

The coalition is made up of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, the Iowa National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy.

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