On Friday, California Attorney General Kamala Harris established the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board which includes members of the community and law enforcement.
Establishment of the Board, mandated by Assembly Bill 953, is now tasked with helping to eliminate racial and identity profiling in law enforcement agencies around the state.
"Keeping our communities safe requires a strong relationship of trust between law enforcement and those they are sworn to serve,” Harris said when the Board members were announced. “The existence of bias in our criminal justice system is destructive to that trust and harms our ability to deliver justice.”
According to Harris, the Board will work to improve policing and restore the trust needed to ensure California’s justice system is truly just.
Assembly Bill 953 (AB953), the Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015, was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown last October. The law established requirements for a number of significant law enforcement issues including the collection of data regarding citizen complaints that allege racial and identity profiling; the collection of data regarding law enforcement stops and detention; as well as the creation of the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board.
The Board is also responsible and will be accountable for advising the Department of Justice relative to the drafting of regulations to govern the collection and reporting of pedestrian and traffic stop data; annually reviewing and analyzing the stop data submitted by law enforcement agencies; working in partnership with state and local law enforcement agencies to review and analyze racial and identity profiling policies/practices across California; in addition to conducting evidence-based research on intentional and implicit bias.
For more information about AB953 and its implementation visit https://oag.ca.gov/ab953.