Racial Profiling

Alabama Senate Approves Bill to Require Race Data to Be Collected at Traffic Stops

The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that will require police agencies to record racial data during traffic stops. Senators approved the legislation on a 19-7 vote. It moves to the Alabama House. State Sen. Rodger Smitherman (D-Birmingham) said his bill is intended to prevent the targeting of motorists based on their race or ethnicity. The bill would require police…

Racial Profiling Bill a Step Closer to Final Vote

The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would require police to collect data on traffic stops to prevent racial profiling. The bill by state Sen. Rodger Smitherman, a Democrat from Birmingham, would require officers to record the race of a person pulled over in a traffic stop. Police would submit data annually to the state attorney general’s office. Smitherman,…