California Governor Jerry Brown Signs Bills to Curb Racial Profiling

California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a bill signing event at the Leland Stanford Mansion on May 19, 2015 in Sacramento, Calif.   PHOTO BY JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES
California Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during a bill signing event at the Leland Stanford Mansion on May 19, 2015 in Sacramento, Calif.
PHOTO BY JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES

In an effort to reduce racial profiling and the use of excessive force by law enforcement officers, Calif. Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed new bills that require officers to collect demographic data on people they stop, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

One of the measures, known as AB 953, requires police officers to collect information, “including perceived race and ethnicity, the reason for the encounter and the outcome,” the report says. Additionally, Brown signed a requirement that law enforcement agencies produce annual reports with details on all occurrences of force that result in serious injury or death.

Those and others bills signed by the governor will “strengthen criminal justice in California,” according to a statement by the governor’s office, the newspaper writes.

The move came after Assemblywoman Shirley N. Weber, a San Diego Democrat, introduced the bills in response to “the deaths of unarmed black men and other people of color by police,” which she said “have forced us to confront some ugly truths about the persistence of racial bias in law enforcement,” the report says.

“AB 953 will be the state’s first step toward not only understanding the problem of racial profiling, but also toward formulating policies to reduce the practice and its devastating consequences,” Weber said in a statement, thanking Brown for signing the bills, notes the report. “California is going in a new direction on this issue; hopefully, this will set an example for other states.”

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Source: The Root  | LYNETTE HOLLOWAY