The Secretary of Law Enforcement's office has completed an investigation into controversial traffic stops in St. Clair and Bibb counties.
The traffic stops, conducted earlier in June, have drawn attention in part because the the research organization, Pacific Institute on Research and Evaluation (PIRE), requested blood and saliva samples.
Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier says no state official authorized the traffic stops. He says it was a voluntary program and while blood and saliva samples were requested from participants, no DNA analysis will be conducted on those samples.
Collier also says it is up to local law enforcement agencies to determine policies for employees to participate in these programs. In his executive summary, Collier says that "local officers were in uniform but provided no other function and did not effect any arrest." He adds that they had limited interaction with citizens.
During his office's investigation, "citizens interviewed indicated no irregularities or undue pressures," the participants gave verbal consent in the presence of a witness, and samples given were all anonymous
He says he will recommend to Gov. Bentley that state officers not participate in these programs in the future.
If you would like to read Collier's complete summary, please click here. The link will open a PDF.
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