Ramapo police officers accused of racial profiling by African-American New York state parole officers

The parole officers have filed a complaint with the NAACP against the Ramapo Police Department. (5/8/14)

RAMAPO - Four African-American New York state parole officers say white Ramapo officers pulled guns on them last month while they were searching for a suspect.

The mid-Hudson regional director of the NAACP says four New York state parole officers were at a home on Lackawana Trail looking for a parolee, but left after not being able to find him.

The officers say they were stopped by five Ramapo police officers and one Suffern police officer at the intersection of Airmont and Route 59, and indicated that they had their guns drawn. The parole officers say the police came after them because they were not informed that New York State Parole was working in their jurisdiction.

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The parole officers have filed a complaint with the NAACP against the Ramapo Police Department. Ramapo police say that until the four come forward, they can't further investigate.

NAACP officials have reviewed dashcam video of the incident, and say there are blind spots so it doesn't entirely show the claims made by the parole officers.

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