Investigation Finds No Pattern of Profiling by Trooper | Maine News


AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An investigation of more than 1,000 traffic stops found no pattern of racial profiling by a state trooper accused of targeting a Black motorist, the state police chief said Tuesday.

“The investigation resulted in no evidence of any pattern of targeting of motorists based on race, or any other trait common to a protected group,” Col. John Cote said in a statement.

Trooper John Darcy was recorded talking to another trooper on a cruiser microphone moments before stopping a motorist driving through York in August 2019. Darcy said the man looked like a thug, citing his dreadlocks and shirt, but also stated he was not racially profiling the driver.

About 140 grams of cocaine, 880 counterfeit prescription pills and a loaded firearm were seized, but a prosecutor dismissed the charges after the video was released.

The investigation of Darcy’s actions was conducted by the attorney general and state police office of professional standards.

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Darcy was named “Trooper of the Year” for 2019, prompting independent Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos to question whether the award was a rebuke to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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