AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An investigation of more than 1,000 traffic stops found no pattern of racial profiling by a state trooper accused of targeting a Black motorist, the state police chief said Tuesday.
“The investigation resulted in no evidence of any pattern of targeting of motorists based on race, or any other trait common to a protected group,” Col. John Cote said in a statement.
Trooper John Darcy was recorded talking to another trooper on a cruiser microphone moments before stopping a motorist driving through York in August 2019. Darcy said the man looked like a thug, citing his dreadlocks and shirt, but also stated he was not racially profiling the driver.
About 140 grams of cocaine, 880 counterfeit prescription pills and a loaded firearm were seized, but a prosecutor dismissed the charges after the video was released.
The investigation of Darcy’s actions was conducted by the attorney general and state police office of professional standards.
Darcy was named “Trooper of the Year” for 2019, prompting independent Rep. Jeffrey Evangelos to question whether the award was a rebuke to the Black Lives Matter movement.