Mecklenburg County Sheriff Garry McFadden says his deputies will no longer be initiating traffic stops based on “non-moving” violations.
Deputies said they will not be stopping drivers for things like inspection violations, driving with a revoked license, having window tinting that’s too dark or having a tail light out.
The sheriff’s office said this change in policy is part of an effort to address racial inequality that they said is apparent in traffic stops.
Appearing on WBT’s “Breaking with Brett Jensen” Show last night, Sheriff McFadden said there is no reason to pull people over for regulatory violations except for racial profiling:
“How do you get to that point to realize that [the driver’s] license is revoked or his insurance is not – unless you profile that tag? What makes you run that to say his license is revoked?”
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police actually do the vast majority of traffic enforcement – not the Sheriffs’ office.