AB 953 will clarify prohibition against profiling and require reporting of data on profiling
(SACRAMENTO, CA, 10/5/2015) â€“ The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today welcomedÂ news ofÂ Governor Jerry Brown signing AB 953Â over the weekend.Â The bill which was introduced by Assemblymember Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) makes California a leader on fair policing and profiling laws.
The legislation advances constitutional values of equal protection and freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures. Key provisionsÂ include the creation of aÂ statewide system of data collection on stops, searches and seizures, and require California Department of Justice to analyze and report the data.
CAIR-CA,Â joined PICO California, the ACLU, and numerous otherÂ civil rights, faith groups,Â and grassroots organizationsÂ inÂ advocatingÂ for the passageÂ ofÂ the bill.
â€œThe safety and security of all communities is paramount, which is only possible when there is trust between those communities and law enforcement,â€ said CAIR-CA Chair Safaa Ibrahim. â€œThis legislation will make data on racial and identity profiling by law enforcement available. It will also lead to transparency and accountability where there is an issue of profiling and highlight law enforcement agencies that can be examples to others.â€
CAIR-California is a chapter of CAIR, Americaâ€™s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
END -Â CONTACT: CAIR-LA Public Affairs Coordinator Haroon Manjlai at 714-776-1847 or emailÂ email@example.com