SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation changing California’s definition of racial profiling and requiring that local law enforcement agencies collect demographic data on the people they stop.
Brown made the announcement Saturday.READ MORE: Report: San Francisco Giants Lose Free Agent Pitching Ace Kevin Gausman To Blue Jays
More than a half-dozen states have passed bills addressing racial biases or police profiling following Michael Brown’s shooting death last year in Ferguson, Missouri.READ MORE: 'The Long Good-Bye'; New Hope In The Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber of San Diego says her measure would give the public and police data to back up anecdotes of profiling.MORE NEWS: Returning Thanksgiving Travelers Encounter Few Delays At Local Airports
Supporters say the $9 million annual cost could help avoid costly settlements when police unlawfully kill people. Republicans say collecting data might be unnecessary as police begin using body cameras.
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