March 27, 2001 (TRENTON, N.J.) - A legislative committee has resumed hearing testimony about racial profiling by the New Jersey State Police.
State officials have admitted that troopers targeted black and Hispanic drivers for traffic stops and searches, suggesting that the practice was a result of poor training, a zealous prosecution of the war on drugs and individual prejudice, not a systematic policy. But some troopers and people subjected to traffic stops say that high-ranking officials ignored evidence of the practice for years.
The star witness is scheduled to appear Wednesday. Former state Attorney General Peter Verniero is now a state Supreme Court justice.