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MDCR Director Johnson Applauds MSP Study and Transparency, Calls for Greater Accountability from Law Enforcement

Lansing - John E. Johnson, Jr., Executive Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, today commended the Michigan State Police for commissioning a study on the racially disparate treatment of individuals at traffic stops and for transparency in releasing the study's findings. He also called for holding officers responsible for disparate treatment accountable for their actions.

"I applaud the Michigan State Police for commissioning this important study and for their transparency in reporting what it revealed," said Director Johnson. "The disparate treatment of black and brown people when engaging with law enforcement is not a surprise, but this study quantified that which we all know is happening. Knowing the truth is the first step toward fixing the problem."

"We must also take steps to modify the behavior of police who perpetuate this problem, and hold those who do not change accountable for their actions. We stand ready to assist the Michigan State Police in developing solutions that will lead to this much-needed accountability."

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission was created by the Michigan Constitution to safeguard constitutional and legal guarantees against discrimination. The Commission is charged with investigating alleged discrimination against any person because of religion, race, color or national origin, genetic information, sex, age, marital status, height, weight, arrest record, and physical and mental disability. The Michigan Department of Civil Rights serves as the operational arm of the Commission.

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