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Is racial profiling an issue in the Glass City?

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Toledo Mayor Mike Bell says racial profiling still occurs in Toledo on some level, but his opponent in the upcoming mayoral election, Michael Collins, says that's absurd.

Racial profiling was a topic at Monday night's Architect's Dinner, where both candidates answered questions from those in attendance.

Bell says even though he knows Toledo Police are under a lot of pressure every day, and they must make quick decisions for the best interest of the community, he says sometimes slip-ups do happen.

Collins and the president of the Toledo Police Patrolman's Association, Daniel Wagner, disagreed with the mayor.

"The summary statement at the end was that racial profiling does not exist in the City of Toledo," Collins said. "It further goes on to say that there was no citizen complaint alleging racial profiling in the entire county or year of 2012."

Bell says he's even been racially profiled in his lifetime.

"Actually, it was pretty obvious I hadn't done anything," he said. "There were two cars in front of me, and two cars behind me, and we were moving at about 20-something miles an hour. I was in a certain area of the city. I turned off to be able to park my vehicle, and all of a sudden, I had an officer behind me, and I'm like, ‘Well, what did I do that the other five vehicles didn't do?'"

Wagner says Toledo Police use a program that keeps track of who is pulled over to monitor if race is ever a basis for a traffic stop, and findings of that program show that an officer has never been accused of racial profiling.

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