PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For the past three years, members of the community, civil rights groups and law enforcement officials have been working together to find ways to combat the problem of racial and bias-based profiling in Maine.
"Bias-based profiling is the illegal practice of discriminating against somebody based solely on their race, ethnicity, nationality or religion," explained Rachel Talbot Ross, director of the Maine NAACP.
"It does happen, and we need to stop it,"she added. "Everyone has the right to not be stopped, searched or questioned solely based on their race, ethnicity, gender, religion or nationality."
She says it has been difficult to gather statistics on how frequently bias-based profiling occurs, but she says there is anecdotal information that it is happening here in Maine.