Last week we had the honor to go down to Salem and support our allies Center for Intercultural. There was over 60 people who showed up to support the Senate Bill 560. The Bill would end Law enforcement’s practice of using someone’s race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, language, housing status, sexual orientation, or gender as a basis to stop, question or search them.  Supporters from all over Portland, Beaverton and Eugene showed up. We all met in one room. Then broke out into smaller groups we all had a floor for each group to go and talk to senators, house members etc. The reason we need this bill to be passed and to get a hearing is:

  • Profiling makes us less safe. When people are unfairly singled-out it increases fear and distrust of law enforcement. Crime victims and witnesses are less likely to call police or cooperate with investigations. 
  • Those who are undocumented or have family members and friends who are undocumented fear that any contact with police could lead to deportation and separations from loved ones.
  • Profiling is humiliating and degrading. Singling people out for stops, detentions, arrests and degraded, humiliation and alienates them leaving them feeling like second-class citizens.
  • Profiling goes against American’s founding principles of fairness, equal protection, and nondiscrimination enshrined in fifth and fourteen amendments and violates international law. 
  • We need policies that uphold the human rights of all people, including the constitutional rights  to due process, equal treatments. and freedom from discrimination. 

Solution: What the Bill will do:

  • This bill can serve as a powerful tool for the public to hold police accountable. 
  • It enforces law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies and procedures against profiling and make them public.
  • The bill mandates that law enforcement agencies provides regular training to officers to help them adhere to the profiling ban. 
  • Departments will have to investigate complaints of profiling and take appropriate disciplinary action against officers who engage in profiling. People will be able to complain in person, in writing(by mail, hand-delivered letter, fax, or email), Through a third party, by phone or anonymously.
  • Enforcement agencies will have to submit copies of each profiling complaints to the attorney general, who can investigate department in violation of the ban. 

We want to Thank CIO (Center for Intercultural Organizing) for taking the lead on this Bill. We will keep you in touch of what is the next steps of this process. Stay tuned. But for now enjoy some pictures from the event. ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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