The Root: Profiling? Cincinnati Police Target Big Rims
…police in Cincinnati have taken to impounding cars with rims 20 inches or larger, citing a vague public-safety code that they say gives them the authority to do so.
After being impounded, the vehicles must pass a safety inspection before they can be returned to their owners, who pay a fee for that as well as one for towing.
The rims, known as “donks,” have become popular with black drivers. Police say it’s simple: Their disproportionate size makes them dangerous (watch the video at the link), but others wonder about what’s really motivating the enforcement efforts…