University Heights council approves ordinance barring officers from racial profiling

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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Iowa (AP) - A city surrounded by Iowa City has banned racial and other types of profiling by police officers.

The University Heights City Council may soon implement an ordinance to officially ban law enforcement officers from racial profiling citizens. It would be the first ordinance of its kind in the state of Iowa. (Aaron Scheinblum, KCRG)

The University Heights City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to adopt the ordinance.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the ordinance is the first of its kind in Iowa. It requires anti-bias training for officers, funds the purchase of data collection and creates a complaint review board.

City officials say there are no cases involving profiling being investigated by the city, but they want to be ahead of the curve by passing the ordinance.

University Heights has about 1,100 residents and sits on the southwest side of the University of Iowa in Iowa City.