California Bill Requires Data on Police Racial Profiling

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Anti-racial profiling legislation requiring California to collect data on police stops has barely passed the Assembly.

AB953 is one of several bills introduced this year addressing tensions between law enforcement and minority communities. The legislation advanced Wednesday on a 41-23 vote, the minimum needed to pass.

Supporters say data is needed to address the issue of police disproportionately targeting blacks and Latinos. AB953 requires police departments to report the number and outcome of stops and a racial breakdown.

The bill comes after protests over police killings of unarmed minorities. Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber of San Diego says it is a strong small step to address a crisis.

Republican Assemblyman Rocky Chavez of Oceanside says the bill unfairly labels police as part of a problem.

The bill heads to the Senate.

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