SAN FRANCISCO — The California Highway Patrol has agreed to end traffic stops based solely on hunches, extend a ban on searches of vehicles without probable cause and monitor whether black and Latino motorists are more likely than others to be pulled over, the agency announced Thursday.
In a class-action settlement submitted to a federal judge Thursday, the state's highway police became the nation's first law enforcement agency to voluntarily agree to stop asking motorists for permission to search their vehicles, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. The CHP will continue to search vehicles in cases where it has good reason to suspect a crime.
The settlement ended a 1999 lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of three minority motorists who said their cars were stopped and searched based upon their ethnicity, a practice known as racial profiling. Data obtained by ACLU lawyers found that Latino drivers were three times as likely as others to be stopped and searched by the CHP and African Americans were 1.5 times as likely.
Rob Duke's insight:
Here's the article where CHP agreed to collect data (over a decade ago)....
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The decision by Gov. Jerry Brown to approve a new data collection requirement to identify and eliminate racial profiling was hailed by civil rights activists Saturday, but law enforcement officials questioned the value of such reporting.
Rob Duke's insight:
Officers have been gathering data voluntarily for almost a decade now. We started at about the same time as the California Highway Patrol (CHP is both highway patrol and state police like the troopers) collecting racial profiling data voluntarily (CHP did so because of a case settlement, see below). I think that was about 2004, so this seems to be much ado about nothing.
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At the behest of deputies, a local man — who was acting as an informant — went to Jones, tried to trade drugs for sex and, when she declined, then asked her for a ride, Boyle said.
He left the drugs in the console of Jones’ car so that deputies would have a reason to arrest her, Boyle said.
Chapman denies those charges. There were, however, problems with the arrest and with deputies giving an informant drugs and agreeing that he could use them to trade for sex, the sheriff said. Officials said the operation went wrong when the drug unit, listening in on the conversation via a wire worn by the informant, pulled over Jones, searched her car and made the arrest, even though she had said no several times to the informant’s offer.
“I’m going to sign a big check for her,” said Chapman, predicting that Jones will file a lawsuit against his office on the basis that deputies violated her civil rights.
Baltimore County police say the officer who shot and killed a man after a foot chase Wednesday in Reisterstown appeared to be justified in use of force. He suspected the man of using a fake prescription at a drugstore. The officer is on administrative leave. The man he shot was not armed, but police say video shows he acted as if he was.
Mee’s lawyers argued that sheriff’s managers falsely blamed Mee for leaking details of Gibson's 2006 arrest and the actor’s anti-Semitic tirade to celebrity news site TMZ.com. Mee, his attorneys alleged, was repeatedly subjected to harassment and unfair discipline in the years that followed, culminating in his firing over the 2011 crash.
"We have contact with the public all the time that requires no documentation, no paperwork," he said. "Now, the amount of time we have to spend doing documentation and paperwork has gone up. The time doing menial tasks has gone up."
The extra work will cut into the time officers spend on community policing, James said. He cited that as one of several flaws in the legislation, not least of which is that it addresses a problem he contends doesn't even exist.
Rob Duke's insight:
We simply had a closeout screen on the traffic stop (just like every other call for service). It required that we put in the violation, race of the driver and any passengers, and hit "send". Seemed pretty painless to me.
I don't think the annual report will be too time consuming either.
This isn't entirely unexpected: in the 1990's Eureka Police (1997), responding for mutual aid for the Sheriff's Dept., wiped pepper spray in the eyelids of forest activists protesting old growth forest logging (many protesters were Humboldt State students). Some students were spray point blank in the face and, at least one student had some corneal damage from the blast. My recollection is that the court ruled both of these as excessive force because the method of application wasn't standard nor recommended by the manufacturer. Note that Lundberg V. County of Humboldt (2005) didn't rule that using pepper spray against students was excessive force, but that this method was excessive. Given this, that left some in law enforcement to believe that one could still use chemicals if used in a manner recommended by the manufacturer. (I applied for the Chiefs job in Eureka a year or two after this ruling, so I spent some time with the officers and one long-time command staff officer. I will say that the department seemed under siege to me. They'd had a string of seemingly justified officer involved shootings, but the sheer volume for that small libertarian community was too much, too often, too fast. That issue has died down so the Captain that I ended up competing against in the final selection appears to have figured out a way to balance officer safety with a community desire to elevate individual rights.)
Officers who did not wear body cameras conducted more “stop-and-frisks” and made more arrests than officers who wore the video cameras. Officers who did not wear cameras performed 9.8% more stop-and-frisks and made 6.9% more arrests. Officers assigned to wear cameras issued 23.1% more citations for ordinance violations than those who did not wear cameras. Officers with body cameras initiated 13.5% more interactions with citizens than those who did not wear them. Officers wearing cameras were 25.2% more likely to perceive the devices as being helpful during their interactions with the public. The cameras did not have a significant impact on whether or not officers gave verbal warnings to citizens.
One of the bills, AB 953, requires police officers to collect data on the people they stop, including perceived race and ethnicity, the reason for the encounter and the outcome.
In addition, the governor signed a requirement that law enforcement agencies provide annual reports with details on all cases in which officers are involved in uses of force that result in serious injury or death.
Those and others bills signed by the governor will "strengthen criminal justice in California," according to a statement by the governor's office.
This is the type of stupid obnoxious pedantic b.s. that cops deal with on the street all the time. Cops usually have little recourse but to use their pencil to write the report or pen to write a citation--at least the court has the power to deal with these types of morons.
If you're going to do something illegal, it's probably best not to advertise it publicly on social media.Some Canadian teens learned that lesson the hard(ish) way — and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police proved they aren't above having a little fun on the job. Police officers in Saskatchewan, Canada, got a tip about a party being hosted for college freshman. The drinking age in Canada is 19, meaning most of the students in attendance would likely be underage. Instead of just busting into the part
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