ACLU Racial Profiling Town Hall in Torrance, on June 24

ACLU Racial Profiling Town Hall: Hear the Stories, Stop the Abuse

The Reverend Robert Taylor, 62, was taking his 15-year-old daughter home from school in March, when Torrance Police Department officers pulled him over mere feet from his driveway. During an extended stop, police pulled Taylor out of the car, frisked him, and threatened to handcuff him as his neighbors looked on.

When Taylor demanded to know why he had been subjected to such treatment, officers suggested his car resembled one owned by a robbery suspect described as in his 30s, roughly half Taylor’s age. They also showed Taylor four warrants out for persons named “Robert Taylor,” none of whom matched Taylor’s age.

The ACLU/SC calls on South Bay residents to come out to a town hall meeting on Thursday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. to share experiences of racial profiling in Torrance, help identify problems and discuss solutions.

Join us for a discussion about racial profiling and what can be done to support your community, featuring Robert Taylor, Inglewood Minister and Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Nationally Acclaimed Author and Political Analyst.

Thursday, June 24
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
at the United Steel Workers (USW) Local 675 Union Hall 1200 E. 220th Street, Carson, 90745 (close to Old Torrance)

Free event – No RSVP needed

Presented by the ACLU of Southern California and Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)

The ACLU of Southern California has long fought racial profiling in police enforcement. In 2008, the ACLU/SC released a report by Yale economist Ian Ayres showing that Los Angeles Police Department officers disproportionately stop, frisk and search Latinos and African Americans and urged improvement of investigations of racial profiling complaints and the creation of an early warning system to identify officers who engage in profiling. For more information, go to:

The ACLU/SC also sued Riverside Sheriff’s Department for a series of sweeps that targeted African American barbershops and obtained improved training at the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department after deputies allegedly looking for drugs detained 33 black students on the campus quad, along with one Latino student who tried to photograph the incident.

Join us this Thursday to start creating change in your neighborhood.

For more info, contact our Field Department at or (213) 977-9500.

Thanks for all that you do,
Your ACLU/SC Take Action Team

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