Torrance man accuses city's Police Department of racial profiling

Full story: Daily Breeze

Torrance resident and Inglewood-based pastor Robert Taylor claims he was a victim of racial profiling by Torrance police after he was put through a felony stop by officers and then given differing stories as to why he was pulled over.
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Bob Barker

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Maybe Mr. Taylor would feel different if it was his daughter or his mom being raped or robbed in a vehicle matching the description of his. What a selfish man.
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Apparently Pastor Taylor a former reserve officer was not taught "Criminal Profiling" while attending the Detroit police academy. Some would suggest that they are the target of racial profiling, when in reality they were stoped and interviewed based upon the aformentioned pratcite. In which officers are trained to search for suspected persons who are wanted for specific crimes, and match a particular discription. As a Torrance resident, I am pleased that our officers are out their actively seeking the criminal element. And if that causes someone such as a Pastor Taylor to be stopped and interviewed because he physically matches the wanted persons discription, and the vehilce he drives a vehilce also matches the discription, then so be it. Again, Thank you Torrance PD for protecting "Our City!"
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Really Nick Green? Come on dude...find some REAL police misconduct... Torrance PD is a class act. Good work TPD. Try again Nick Green!
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I feel for Mr.Taylor for the ordeal he and his daughter went through, however, it appears the police were just trying to do their job and possibly apprehend a wanted criminal. What's disgusting to me is Mr. Taylor stating that he felt like he had been "raped." That is an extremely insensitive, poor choice of words.
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Torrance Police doesn't racial profile just against african americans, they just like to pull people over. I'm white and have never been in trouble with the law and I can't drive through Torrance without getting pulled over or getting stared at. Torrance Police have the reputation of being mean. I'm tired of everyone trying to pull the race card!
A Torrance Teacher

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Why is his daughter attending a Torrance High school when he apparently lives in Inglewood? Is he afraid to send her to Morningside?
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The Torrance Police Department initiated a felony traffic stop on this man based on probable cause. Yet most people will never get it in their heads what the 4th Amendment means. His claims are frivolous.
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Taylor and the rest of you from Inglewood: Compare both cities (Torrance vs. Inglewood) and you see a big difference. Obviously Torrance is doing something right. Now go back to your gang infested Inglewood and STFU (and don't come to Del Amo Mall).
Mike Watkins

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A Torrance Teacher wrote:
Why is his daughter attending a Torrance High school when he apparently lives in Inglewood? Is he afraid to send her to Morningside?
Try and read the first 4 words of the story. Try REAL hard.
Chris Cognac

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This article says nothing more than TPD was doing its job to try and identify the suspects described in a crime report. Crooks dont go around in cars with giant arrows pointing down saying "this is the suspect"! That can only be determined by officers being proactive and conducting investigations in the field. That fact that Mr Taylor was stopped appears to be nothing more than coincidence. He should know that....but alas, I fear he is playing the race card and using the media to try and make a buck...

I will support the Torrance Police and continue to do so, they are professional and work hard. The citizens of Torrance need to support them as well so we can continue to maintain the safe community we live in.

Nice Job TPD

PS look at some of the communities that dont get so much community support, would you want to live there?

PSS too bad Naji Ali is in prison or he could have joined Mr Taylor and Mr Hutchinson in the inevitable attempt to shakedown of the City of Torrance.
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That's what Mr. Taylor is.....I'm calling BS on his claiming to be a reserve for Detroit PD. He lost a ton of credibility when he continued w/ the complaint after hearing about the robbery/ kidnapping! Get over it dude. If you don't like living in Torrance, move to Inglewood where you'll fit right in. Torrance is a relatively safe city for a reason!
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I am African-American living in Torrance, CA. I have seen many incidents of racial profiling by the Torrance Police, toward African-Americans Latinos, and Asians. I as well as my family have been subjected to this and falsely accused. I recall a recent incident about a month ago where a older African-American man, was sitting on a bench in front of Albertson's grocery store on Hawthorne Blvd. & Torrance Blvd. The cops handcuffed him and questioned him about what he was doing. They put him in the Torrance police car. I am African-American and I have seen many individuals of color who are constantly being stopped on the streets of Torrance, CA and the South Bay area. I am in support of Pastor Taylor's claims. I am happy see that this issue is being addressed. It is about time for justice and equality in the city of Torrance and the South Bay. Hurray!
Torrance Resident

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I don't know whether to be angry or laugh... It depends on the daily breeze's intention... Should I be angry because Daily Breeze is giving this idiot his 15 minutes of fame and thinks he is justified in being upset? or laugh because the reason he was pulled over is so obvious that there is absolutely no reason this should be an issue, which is why daily breeze published it. If Daily Breeze really is on this guy's side, what a joke... if Daily Breeze is giving this guy an article to make him look silly, then bravo.. because the guy is an absolute idiot... Torrance is a safe city for a reason, because the PD cares about its city and its residents. Keep doing the amazing work we expect from you TPD! Your city is behind you as always!
TONY BALONY

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the TORRANCE POLICE ARE THE FINEST POLICE DEPT. IN THE NATION
CAN YOU SAY...b-a-l-o-n-y
give us a break
AFTER ALL the car matched a violent crime
END OF STORY
GO TPD
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@Torrance teacher ummm according to your ip address you log on from La Mirada, So I am guessing that you live there yet you claim to be a Torrance teacher. So would it not make sense that he could live in Torrance and be a minister in inglewood?? According to the article he is a torrance resident.
the stop sounds like it was justifiable. So no argument there. The question is now how did they conduct themeselves. He asked why he was being pulled over yet they did not give him an answer. Also according to the Sergeant that incident(the pigeon drop or bait and switch scam) has been the fourth time that has happen in the city with the same suspects. Now it makes you wonder why those incidents have not been published(unless I have missed them).
Tired of the race card

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Stopped "without just cause" he says. 26708.5 of the vehicle code, illegal tinted windows. That's enough cause for a legal stop and detention by the Police. Sounds like someone has a chip on their shoulder and wants to make a quick buck. Surprised Gloria Allred hasn'nt jumped on the band wagon and cuddling with his daughter in front of as man camera's as she can find. I'm sick of people whining and complaining about what they think is owed to them. Torrance is a great place to live because the Police Department does what they are supposed to be doing, catching criminals. Sorry you were inconvenienced Mr. Taylor, but that type of Police work is what usually nets bad people. Maybe you should tell that poor elderly lady that got kidnapped and robbed of her life savings that your irritated because 15 minutes of your day was wasted. Your a minister ? you should be ashamed of yourself and the example your setting for your daughter. The reason people are racist in this country is because they are sick of hearing about race. As long as you continue to fill your kids minds with this, the problem will not go away. Stop talking about it. I don't think Mr. Obama made it as far as he did by pulling the race card.
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most of torrance is a very dangerous place cops are doing their job
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SDay wrote:
I am African-American living in Torrance, CA. I have seen many incidents of racial profiling by the Torrance Police, toward African-Americans Latinos, and Asians. I as well as my family have been subjected to this and falsely accused. I recall a recent incident about a month ago where a older African-American man, was sitting on a bench in front of Albertson's grocery store on Hawthorne Blvd. & Torrance Blvd. The cops handcuffed him and questioned him about what he was doing. They put him in the Torrance police car. I am African-American and I have seen many individuals of color who are constantly being stopped on the streets of Torrance, CA and the South Bay area. I am in support of Pastor Taylor's claims. I am happy see that this issue is being addressed. It is about time for justice and equality in the city of Torrance and the South Bay. Hurray!
The same thing happened to me while I was in my car driving down Torrance Blvd, and I hear the PA system telling me "Pull Over" with the lights on without the sound. I pulled over being shocked and when the officer asks me and my pasangers if we have weapons on board, we all start laughing because I had two of my buddies one from a federal agency and one local PD with their Service Weapons on them. After telling the Torrance "Cop" whom we were he looked at our credeitials and said sorry. the whole time we gave him a funny look, like why did you pullus over because I have one Asian and a black pasanger with me and we look like cops (Short Buzz Cuts). Torrance PD needs some help, haha they need to hire more Blacks, done deal.
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I just don't get it. The black people should be mad at all the black criminals who commit all the crimes in torrance,manhattan beach,hermosa beach. TPD are just doing their job!!!
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Torrance Pd need to hire some Black Women, and some Arab or Indian Officers. Torrance Pd needs more diversity, stop hiring white and light skinned officers, start looking into hiring Dark Skinned Officers.

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