SAN JOSE (KCBS) – The San Jose Police Department is taking steps to ensure that officers are not unfairly profiling members of the public.

A change in wording described as “huge” by independent San Jose Police Auditor LaDoris Cordell has been made to the official police handbook.

The change further defines what racial profiling is. Now instead of just race or gender, it is a violation for officers to show any biased behavior at any time during an encounter with the public.

Minority leader Richard Konda, executive director with the Asian Law Alliance, said this is a good first step by the new Police Chief Chris Moore.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

“The chief is really doing his best to really make efforts to change the way the police interact with the public,” said Konda.

The changes were prompted in part by accusations that San Jose Police officers use overly-aggressive street policing and racial profiling.

According to the Mercury News, the department has investigated 150 claims of racial profiling or other bias in the past four years, with no officers ever found to be in the wrong.

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Comments (4)
  1. John Looney says:

    According to the Mercury News the department has investigated 150 claims of racial profiling or other bias in the past four years, not one of which found that officers were in the wrong.

    This is why the policy is being changed.

  2. DaPoPoMan says:

    The point here is that people continue to use the race card when stopped by the police. Even if they are being stopped by a black officer, they oftentimes will claim, “You only stopped me because I’m black.” No there are many reasons to stop people. They even have these big books of things called laws, that give police reasons to stop you. At night with heavily tinted windows we could not tell if we were stopping a sasquatch. Time to give it a rest, we have a black President for goodness sake, but no one wants to accept responsibility. It goes along the same reasoning that people who get stopped for a traffic violation use – the cop was just being an officious jerk, I didn’t really do anything wrong, even though I was doing exactly what he stopped me for. I DIDN’T DESERVE A TICKET! It is high time that people accepted personal responsibility for their actions.

    When you are whatever ethnicity and the police stop you, there is a 99.9% chance it was not because of your race.

  3. Cary-Andrew Crittenden says:

    @DaPoPoMan How do you claim that there is a 99.9% chance? How do you back up these stats? Are you referring to any specific community or department? How do you make a statement contrary to what is well known and in many communities has been proven?

  4. Kate Kotzek says:

    At a time when 14 other states (GA, AL, AZ, UT, PA, IN KY, MS, FL, KS, SC,.OK, CO, and NE) have toughend illegal immigrant laws California has declared it self a sanctuary state and left it’s tax payer to pay the bill and suffer from the crime that results from this so called “cheap labor”. Cheap for who?

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