PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage is sticking by his assertion out-of-state blacks and Hispanics account for the vast majority of heroin arrests in his state, but no law enforcement stats come close to backing him up.
LePage has doubled down on comments critics say strengthen racial stereotypes and tacitly approve of racial profiling.
The FBI data show blacks accounted for 14 percent of drug arrests in Maine in 2014, the most recent numbers available.
Broken down by type of offense, the data show blacks accounted for 36 percent of arrests for selling or manufacturing cocaine, opium and their derivatives. The FBI doesn't include a category for Hispanics in its statistics.
The pastor at the Green Memorial A.M.E. Church in Portland accuses the governor of "fear-mongering."
This story has been corrected to show cocaine is not derived from opium.