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California's Racial Profiling Law 'Terrible' Legislation, Police Officials Say

October 05, 2015  | 

Gov. Jerry Brown this weekend signed legislation mandating that California law enforcement agencies collect — and make public — data on the racial makeup of all those encountered by police.

For civil rights activists, Brown's action was a big step toward protecting minorities from racial profiling.

For many in law enforcement, the measure creates a massive new bureaucratic headache that will do little to illuminate the question of whether police treat minority groups fairly.

"It's a terrible piece of legislation," said Lt. Steve James, president of the Long Beach Police Officers Assn. and the national trustee for the California Fraternal Order of Police.

Written by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) in response to fatal police shootings of unarmed black men and other people of color, the legislation will require officers to collect data on anyone they stop, including "perceived" race and ethnicity, the reason for the encounter and whether arrests were made.

Law enforcement organizations, including the state Fraternal Order of Police and the 65,000-member Peace Officers Research Assn. of California, had asked Brown to veto the bill, AB 953, arguing among other things that its reporting requirements would be burdensome to police and costly to taxpayers.

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kevCopAz @ 10/5/2015 4:57 PM

I got an idea. Lets have the Legislatures all record everyone , the race and gender of everyone and the reason for the meeting that they meet daily, reason why and if they contributed to a campaign fund, and what if any actions were taken by the politician in each and every case, a written record. They also should wear body camera during their entire day and record all contacts with everyone they talk to, as should judges (in chambers and out of court) This way the public can see if there is any corruption etc going on. If ALL COPS have to do both, then all pols and all judges should do the same. I will use the same line that they would on COPS, the public deserves to know that their public servants are treating every person of all colors the same and if they do not want to "what are they hiding??" Im not holding my breath. We all know the answer(s) since they are all hypocrites and know that they are.

Fed Cop 1 @ 10/7/2015 6:35 AM

In kalifornia, if the description of a subject is a BMA, you will be required to stop and question an equal number of WMA so as not toe be accused of profiling. Same with BFA, HMA, HFA, etc. The law will require police to document how many persons of color they contacted during patrols and investigations. In predominately AA neighborhoods, police will have to just about stop all contacts else they be accused of profiling.

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