Topekans Discuss Racial Profiling

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Racial profiling can be a touchy topic, and it was brought out in the open Thursday night during an open house discussion on the issue. The human relations commission held the event.

People from the community and law enforcement were present. The discussion never got out of hand, but it was a stark reminder that racial issues are still important, and for the people at the meeting, very present and real.

Even mere public perception of racial profiling is a major problem.

The Kansas Human Rights Commission investigates these issues separately from law enforcement organizations -- but can only suggest punishment in individual cases.

Police and Sheriff's Office representatives said they want people to come to them with complaints.

The Topeka Police Department said they are trying to add more diversity.

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