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Confronting Allegations of Racial Profiling in Massachusetts

Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice recently co-authored amicus curiae briefs in two Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court cases with significant impact on racial profiling.

Decided last month, Commonwealth v. Edward Long makes it easier for defendants to demonstrate that a traffic stop was racially motivated, requiring a “reasonable inference” of bias which could be based on the officer’s past performance, the specifics of the incident and other factors.