A poll conducted by Tulchin Research found that “69 percent” of California voters support passing a law that would require police to report each time they pull over a motorist who is black.
The same poll found “that nearly two-thirds of likely voters in the Golden State believe African-Americans are more likely to face police discrimination.”
According to LA Weekly, San Diego Assemblywoman Shirley N. Weber (D) is sponsoring AB 953–legislation, which forces police officers to “track the race or ethnicity of people they stop and state if a search was conducted with consent.”
Weber stressed that forcing police to turn in information on “driving-while-black (DWB)” stops forces police to report honestly on the reasons behind the stops. She said, “One of our best defenses is information. Currently, this information on these incidents isn’t provided publicly in a comprehensive way. The goal is to reestablish trust between law enforcement and communities of color.”
ACLU of CA Center for Advocacy and Policy’s Natasha Minsker said:
In the wake of events in Ferguson, New York, Charleston and Baltimore, we have been left heartbroken and shaken by the sometimes lethal impacts of racially biased policing. This year in California, over 100 people have died at the hands of police officers.
Our leaders and elected officials should listen to California voters and act on sensible reforms like AB 953.
The Tulcin Research poll found that “71 percent of California voters believe police are most likely to discriminate against young black men.”
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