When Mississippi state troopers pull over motorists for driving under the influence, it’s not the usual suspects.
It’s mostly young white men in the state.
And most of them are young white males.
They often wear their badges and license plates upside down.
That makes them easy targets for police who often get calls on a regular basis, when their patrol cars stop for speeding and other traffic violations.
“If you have a young white male, I’d say it’s the most dangerous driving scenario,” said Trooper Dwayne Anderson, who oversees the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Anderson said the troopers’ tactics are designed to prevent people from using their vehicles to drive on a highway that they have a right to drive.
The state’s new law, which took effect on Thursday, has not gone unnoticed.
It has sparked protests in the wake of the shooting death of 18-year-old Matthew Stafford, who was shot and killed by a state trooper in Mississippi.
It also has drawn sharp criticism from the civil rights community.
State Representative Brandon Harris said he has received hundreds of emails and calls from concerned citizens upset that the state was trying to criminalise behavior that shouldn’t be criminalised.
“When you make a traffic stop, you shouldn’t feel intimidated by the officer’s badge,” Harris told Al Jazeera.
“They should be able to make the arrest themselves.
They shouldn’t have to tell you what your rights are.”
The only way they’re going to change that is if the American people wake up and say, ‘This is wrong,'” Harris said.”
Police said they have seen an increase in such incidents over the last few years.”
But that’s not going to make a dent in the problem.”
Police said they have seen an increase in such incidents over the last few years.
In 2015, Mississippi troopers pulled over almost 300,000 drivers for driving on a state highway without a valid license plate, according to a report from the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
The department said the number of traffic violations was also on the rise.
On average, a patrol car pulled over a driver every two minutes in 2016, up from just over twice that in 2013, according the report.
But it also noted that the number was higher for people who were in their 30s or 40s.
The department said it was investigating its records to see if troopers were violating the law more often, but it has not been able to identify specific cases.
Some critics say the law could be used to target minorities.
A report by the Mississippi ACLU, which filed a lawsuit challenging the law last year, found that the law would disproportionately impact minorities, who make up less than 10% of the state’s population of about 7 million.
A law that allows troopers to question drivers and their passengers during a traffic halt was approved by voters in November, but the law has yet to take effect.
Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant has said that he would sign it if it passed the legislature.
State legislators will debate the new law again in February.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits the use of deadly force against a person who is unlawfully in the driver’s seat.
It was signed into law in 1964, but was repealed in 2015 when the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional.