California's Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board has called for police agencies in the state to regularly check officers’ department-issued cellphones and computers, and their personal social media activity for any racist or otherwise offensive content.
The controversial recommendation, announced Monday, was based on the board’s analysis of nearly 4 million vehicle and pedestrian stops by California’s 15 largest law enforcement agencies in 2019, Fox reports.
"Unchecked explicit bias may lead to some of the stop data disparities we have observed," the board said. The social media and technology checks should be conducted to ensure the officers are not exhibiting racist behavior, the report says.
The recommendation comes after several known incidents of officers from San Jose, San Francisco, and Los Angeles County posting racist content on Facebook.
Betty Williams, president of the NAACP’s Sacramento Branch, said the recommendation doesn’t go far enough and should also include officers’ personal cellphones.