Poll: Is Racial Profiling a Problem on the North Shore?

After a biker said he was unfairly ticketed by the Glencoe Police Department, Patch readers are discussing the issue of racial profiling. We want to hear from you.

An Evanston man who , has taken steps to sue the Glencoe Department of Public Safety.

The local reverend, who is black, alleges that a Glencoe officer pulled him over on his bicycle and issued him a ticket, while multiple white cyclists entering the no-biking zone were not pulled over.

In the comments on our most recent story on the potential lawsuit in Glencoe, readers took both sides.

"Sounds to me like the reverend is looking for some attention," said commenter ebuddha. 

Meanwhile, commenter Melissa disagreed.

"Yes, It's true," she said. "He is doing this because he got unwanted attention. Glencoe, Glenview, Skokie police all do that to minorities. Even when you call them because you need their help, they treat minorities different than whites...I've seen it for years."

This isn't the first time someone has suggested that racial profiling goes on in the North Shore. In 2000, the Rev. Jesse Jackson called for a federal investigation into the Highland Park Police Department, after five officers claimed the department encouraged police to target certain groups unfairly. The city worked with the ACLU to create and implement a plan designed to prevent the practice within its police force.

What do you think? Vote in our poll and tell us your experiences in the comments.

Life is Good July 14, 2012 at 10:47 PM
David Greenberg July 15, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Except that in this case, the Rev. was caught in the act committing the crime. He only complained about it because as he was in the process of being arrested, he viewed some individuals of another race riding by, committing the same violation. Hence his claim that the only reason he was pulled over is because of so-called "Racial Profiling".
millie July 15, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Any ethnic or racial group could probably claim profiling of one kind or another.
george lemieux July 17, 2012 at 03:04 AM
I hate cops for taking my money with a seat-belt ticket when I was "flying" with 35 miles per hour :), Tue morning. Which bad guy is driving at 630 in the morning, ei? So I hate cops. That being said...without police, we are all dead, by lunchtime, so I love cops. Boy, it is complicated...I can't imagine how complicated must be for the cops themselves...knowing that we despise and respect them in the same time :) I don't know how much a cop makes but I'm sure is not even close to what they should be making based on their stress level. And ours hahahahahha.
Carlo July 25, 2012 at 05:24 PM
This not new news and this no secret! Glenco police have been profiling for years and will continue to do it. They profile not just racially but buy the appearance of your vehicle. Many years ago I had to pass through this suburb to get to work and would get pulled over three days out of five by the same redheaded female officer. Yea of course I never received a ticket but just excuses that there have been a rash of burglaries in the area or that my tail light was not bright enough blah blah blah. But what else do you expect when passing though a wealthy North Shore community or any wealthy community in the USA? Experience the atmosphere of a police state for outsiders because the residents demand it!


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