Wednesday, January 21, 2009

An Encouraging Sign

From the Mississippi Criminal Defense Law Blog, an interesting article about proposed legislation to ban racial profiling in the State:

As Kevin Frye, editor of the blog, describes the bill, it would "impose a fine up to $1,000.00 and/or prison sentence up to 1 year upon officers who engage in racial profiling and would require law enforcement agencies to keep accurate records of all traffic stops and detentions identifying the reasons for the stops and the race of the person being stopped or detained."

Police chiefs of both races testified that profiling is a problem. Frye says "[T]he Legislature should be commended for discussing this critical issue."

Damn straight.

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