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UPDATE: Oldham Co. official fires back amid allegation that county uses racial profiling against Hispanics

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Oldham County Judge-Executive David Voegele is firing back amid allegations of racial profiling against Hispanics in Oldham County.

Last week, we reported on claims that a county attorney admitted that the county engages in racial profiling in a recorded courtroom conversation.

In the video of the Oct. 14 court appearance, you can hear an attorney say, "I think that their main issue is that they were stopped because they're Hispanic."

Attorney Dawn Elliott says, "Yeah, that's our issue."

Oldham County Attorney John Carter then says, "It's probable cause."

Elliott responds with,"I'm going to act like I didn’t hear that."

Elliott believes Carter was saying being Hispanic is probable cause to be pulled over in Oldham County.

"It's our contention that he was stopped because he was driving while brown," said Elliott in an interview with WDRB Thursday.

But this afternoon, Oldham County Judge-Executive David Voegele issued a written statement blasting those allegations:

"Included as part of a widely circulated news story last week about an appearance of an Hispanic individual in Oldham District Court, the attorney for the defendant, Dawn Elliot, was reported by various media to have either stated for implied that Hispanic individuals are being targeted by law enforcement agencies serving Oldham County – that ‘driving while being brown’ is enough to be pulled over in Oldham County.

That accusation, or implication, whichever it is, is patently false and a scurrilous attack on excellent officers employed by Oldham County, the City of LaGrange, the Oldham County Sheriff’s Department, Pewee Valley Police and Kentucky State Police.

Racial profiling is not part of law enforcement in Oldham County. Records compiled with the Kentucky State Police disprove any accusation of racial profiling.

Since January 1, 2013 there have been 14,173 traffic stops made by county law enforcement agencies and state police for various traffic violations in Oldham County. Of that number, only 610 – or 4.3% - have involved Hispanic individuals.

Thus far in 2015, Oldham County Police, have stopped 2,833 drivers. Of that number 143 have been Hispanic. For 2014, numbers are similar – 3,111 stopped with 140 of them being Hispanic. Since January 1, 2015, the Oldham County Sheriff’s Department has stopped 983 individuals, 20 of whom have been Hispanic.

In my opinion, the obvious conclusion is there is no racial profiling going on in Oldham County."

Elliot's client, Mauro Martinez, was pulled over by Oldham County Police Officer Adrian Doleman in July. The citation says Martinez was speeding but Martinez claims he wasn't.

Doleman ended up citing Martinez for not having a license.

"The officer on the citation stated that he was speeding, yet he didn't charge him with a moving violation," said Elliott.

John Carter told WDRB those accusations are incorrect. He claims he was referring to the moving violation on the citation, not the comment about being Hispanic.

But Elliott thinks this is just a small glimpse into a bigger problem.

"Since this story came to light, there have been a lot of attorneys who practice in both Jefferson County and Oldham County who say they see quite a few more Hispanic individuals when they go out to court," she said.

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