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Local Racial Profiling Advisory Board To Hold Meeting To Address Issues


The Racial Profiling Advisory Board of Wichita will hold a meeting Thursday to continue to address several citizen concerns, including challenges with suspended and revoked driver’s licenses and civil asset forfeiture.

Board member Juanita Ridge says the meetings are held in part to help people bogged down with red tape and a lack of resources to get their needs met. In September, the board partnered with the Kansas Department of Revenue. The agency came to Wichita and issued restricted driver’s licenses to applicants on the spot.

"There was a man who, for 40 years, had not had a license, and he got his license, so he was in tears," Ridge says. "That’s the seriousness of the issue that we are addressing."

The next round to help citizens obtain licenses is scheduled in Wichita on Dec. 10. Ridge says another issue on Thursday's agenda is civil asset forfeiture, addressing residents' concerns about what happens when law enforcement confiscate property.

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Wichita's McAdams Park Recreation Center.


Carla Eckels is assistant news director and the host of Soulsations. Follow her on Twitter @Eckels.

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