This bill would define racial profiling and would prohibit a law enforcement officer from engaging in racial profiling. The bill would require county and municipal police departments to adopt written policies to prohibit racial profiling, would require the adoption of the forms to be used for statistics of traffic stops, would provide for complaints, would require reports to be filed with the Attorney General, and would provide for the reporting and collection of data on the injuries to state and local law enforcement officers.
We support this bill because law enforcement, as an office of the government, must be able to be held accountable to the people. However, current police practices do not have a standard method for tracking data on police encounters. Without this data, it is difficult to identify if and what problems are happening in Alabama police departments. We supported a similar bill introduced in the 2018 session, which made it through the Senate and House committee but failed on a floor vote.
The bill was pre-filed on January 30, 2019 and assigned to the Judiciary Committee in the Senate.
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