Racial Profiling Is Against the Law!
The Alvin W. Penn Racial Profiling Prohibition Act (Connecticut General Statutes Sections 54-1l and 54-1m) prohibits any law enforcement agency from stopping, detaining, or searching any motorist when the stop is motivated solely by considerations of the race, color, ethnicity, age, gender or sexual orientation.
Further, this law allows any motor vehicle operator who feels that he or she has been stopped solely due to one of these considerations to file a formal complaint.
If you feel that you are the victim of racial profiling, please fill out the Traffic Stop Complaint form, which can be downloaded by following this link.
- This form must be submitted to the police agency (local Police Department or the Connecticut State Police) that made the stop.
- Submitting this complaint form will have no effect on a summons, infraction (a traffic ticket) or written warning that may have been issued to the operator.
- The complaint form should only be completed by the operator of the vehicle (the person who was driving at the time the police stopped the vehicle).
- If there are complaints of another nature, the Police Department that made the stop may require a separate form.