In the wake of unnerving incidents of police violence against civilians across the country, communities and police departments struggle with how to build trust in the face of what’s perceived as racial or ethnic profiling.
San Jose police, short staffed and over worked, may not be thrilled to be doing this, but building community trust will make them safer and more effective in their work.
The ACLU, joined by several other social justice groups, sponsored AB 953. Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, is carrying the bill to basically take the San Jose practice statewide and to establish an advisory board to study the results and work on solutions.
In communities wracked by racial and ethnic divisions, no facts could be worse than imagined outrages that become real in people’s minds. When civilians and police can look at a set of numbers everybody agrees is accurate, the conversation is very different and solutions become possible.
Pass the profiling bill and get the statewide conversation started.