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Maine State Police Find No Evidence Of Racial Profiling By Trooper

Maine State Police
Trooper John Darcy was the 2019 "Trooper of the Year."

An internal investigation by the Maine State Police has found no evidence of wrongdoing by a trooper accused of racial profiling.

The U.S. Attorney's Office notified the agency in August 2020 about concerning recorded comments Trooper John Darcy made as he prepared to stop a Black motorist on the Maine Turnpike. Nearly 900 counterfeit prescription pills, cocaine, and a loaded firearm were seized from the vehicle, but the U.Ss Attorney dismissed charges after a video of the stop was released publicly.

State Representative Jeff Evangelos made a formal complaint alleging racial profiling, which prompted a review of more than 1,000 traffic stops conducted by Darcy.

State Police Chief John Cote says his agency strictly prohibits bias-based profiling.