20 years after it became a crime, racial profiling charges remain scarce
June 5, 2020
As protests over racial policing practices continue to rage across Oklahoma and the nation, a milestone in Oklahoma's racial history will quietly pass later this week.
Friday, June 5, will mark the 20th anniversary of the passage of a state law that for the first time explicitly banned racial profiling by law enforcement agencies. The law made it a misdemeanor crime for officers to stop, detain or arrest someone based on their race or ethnicity.
Shortly after the bill was signed into law in June 2000, Maxine Horner, a state senator at the time who authored the legislation, called it "long o...