LA County Watchdog Investigating Racial Profiling of Latinos

October 08, 2018 - 7:50 am

(KNX 1070) -- The Los Angeles County inspector general is now opening an investigation after a report that a Sheriff's Department effort to seize drugs from drivers on the 5-Freeway led to racial profiling.  

The Los Angeles Times reports that almost 70 percent of vehicle stops from 2012 to this year were Latino drivers, and two-thirds of those had their vehicles searched -- a number that far exceeds other members of racial and ethnic groups.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell says he's proud of his deputies, who confiscated more than three-thousand pounds of drugs.