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.
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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: 'I Am A Gold-Collar;' Driverless Tesla Backseat Rider Basks In Social Media Notoriety As He Flaunts His Wealth
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: SCU President Kevin O'Brien Resigns Following Investigation Into Inappropriate Behavior
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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