Midland City Councilman Questions Police Racial Profiling Report

Midland City Councilman Questions Police Racial Profiling Report

By Geena Martinez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A Midland city councilman is raising questions about the police department's annual racial profiling report.

He said he has concerns that the report is not painting the whole picture.

The report found there were no complaints filed against the department for the year but District two Councilman John Love isn't entirely convinced.

"There haven't been any complaints filed because it's extremely difficult to file a complaint," Love said.

Love said the complaint forms aren't easy for the public to get their hands on because he tried it himself.

He said he was curious about the process after a citizen voiced concerns about a possible racial profiling incident.

"I let them know that I wanted to file a complaint, their first question to me was 'Why?'" Love said. "I think that's completely inappropriate. I felt that they were being a little intimidating when they asked me why I was wanting to make a complaint."

Love said the complaint forms aren't easily accessible and he thinks it's a problem.

"I know that some people in the community don't feel that they're being treated right," Love said. "I think that the reports could actually go up if citizens were able to access the forms a lot easier."

He said he also has concerns about the information provided in the report which is based on traffic stops that result in a ticket or an arrest.

"All contacts are not made in vehicles so there's some discrepancy there," Love said.

However Midland Police Chief Price Robinson said the department goes beyond what state law requires when stops are made.

"We require our officers to obtain permission from a supervisor before they make a search," Chief Robinson said. "Supervisors randomly pull in car video and audio from their officers, review it and just look and see how they're doing on stops and look for anything out of the ordinary."

"I'm glad to hear and I believe that the City of Midland does go beyond what the minimum law states but I think we need to do much more," Love said.

So far there doesn't appear to be any plans to change where the complaint forms are placed but both Chief Robinson and Councilman Love said they are open to meeting with one another about the issue.