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AG's Office Reviewing Racial Profiling Policies

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Since an Arkansas law was passed last year to require police agencies to create a policy to avoid racial profiling and submit it to the state for review, most agencies have complied.

Gabe Holmstrom of the Attorney General's office says the committee has been reviewing 355 submitted policies.  He says letters will be sent to 24 delinquent police agencies. 

McDaniel's office is charged with enforcing the law, but the statute doesn't include specific penalties for non-compliance.  Also, no state agency tracks racial profiling complaints.

Dale Charles, who heads the NAACP in Arkansas, says having the state review all 379 police department policies is fine, but paperwork only goes so far.

Charles says the policies won't do any good unless the police chief and city enforce them.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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