NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Senate panel has heard testimony on a compromise bill aimed at addressing racial profiling in police stops of drivers or pedestrians.
The legislation would standardize stop procedures and require officers to document in writing their "reasonable suspicion" for conducting searches.
It would also re-establish traffic stop data collection, including an annual report by law enforcement agencies documenting any actions taken to address racial disparities.
The bill has stalled in past years. A work group of law enforcement and others worked in recent months to hash out a compromise. Supporters say it addresses the concerns of minorities while protecting officer safety.
A recent report found minorities in most Rhode Island communities were more likely to be pulled over than whites for traffic stops but less likely to be cited.