Sen. Butler introduces bill to ban racial profiling

A few months ago, Mark Bell left his Cobb County home after 10 p.m. to go to the grocery store. The political consultant said a police car came behind him. Then pulled up to his right. Then backed up and looked at his license plate. Then followed him to the store. The officer never stopped him, never said a word, but the message was clear.

“It was racial profiling,” Bell said. “Here in 2010, that is unacceptable in Georgia. A black man can’t leave his house after 10 p.m. without being profiled. You become fearful. It is mentally nerve wracking.”

To address the issue, Sen. Gloria Butler (D-Stone Mountain) has introduced anti-racial profiling legislation, SB-325, that would curb the practice of people being stopped because of race or ethnicity. Rep. Pedro Marin (D-Duluth) also plans to introduce a similar bill in the House.

Under Butler’s bill it would become for police officers to record age, gender, race and ethnicity of every person they pull over. That data would later be analyzed to detect trends on whether racial profiling is happening. The bill also calls for annual officer training and Butler said it would not add anything to the budget.

“We think this bill is necessary, because racial profiling is a pervasive and serious problem,” Butler said. “People of color are more likely to be stopped and searched by police. Racial profiling is ineffective and based on false assumptions.”

According to Amnesty International USA, 16 states prevent racial profiling of motorists and pedestrians. Florida is the only state in the Southeast that bans the practice.

“We know that if your skin color is darker than mine or your religion is not Christian, you are likely to be racial profiled,” said the Rev. Tracy Blagec, the vice president of Atlantans Building Leadership of Empowerment (ABLE), which has joined lawmakers, along with the ACLU, to get the bill passed. “People like me don’t get pulled over.”

But Georgia doesn’t have any specific data on how prevalent racial profiling is – Butler said her bill would correct that – so most of the cases are anecdotal.

At the press conference introducing the bill, Sen. Donzella James (D-College Park) talked about how her son was stopped and questioned about why he was driving a nice car and dressed up. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta), who is white, recalled stories of how her son would get stopped when he was riding in cars with young black men.

Stephanie Stuckey Benfield (D-Atlanta) said she didn’t have a personal story to tell.

“But that may be because I look the way I look,” said Benfield, who is white.

Marin, who is Hispanic, said the time is now right for the bill. In 2004, he said 117 members of the House voted yes on a racial profiling bill. But it later died in conference committee. He is looking to marshal those 117 bi-partisan votes again for the new bill.

“It has been a long struggle to get this bill before the governor,” Marin said. “But I truly believe it is the right time to get the bill signed, enacted and placed into law.

58 comments Add your comment

Bob LeBlah

January 26th, 2010
3:59 pm

The cop pulled up to him and looked! Oh my gosh this has got to stop. Cops watching people has no place in society. I can’t believe its 2010 and cops are still using their eyes. I have just drafted a bill for my committee: SSCFL the Society of Stopping Cops From Looking.

Visual perception has no place in law enforcement.

William

January 26th, 2010
4:04 pm

Yep stop my old grandmother instead. If a male between the ages of 25- 30 robs and kills a grocery clerk you must check out my grandmother. Profiling makes me so nervous and picked on. We should never look toward a certain race or group just because they did it. That is not America in 2010. I say the bank robber in Atlanta should be searched for in France. It makes just as much sense.

Bob LeBlah

January 26th, 2010
4:08 pm

Yep William. If police are looking for a good-looking, 6 foot white male then they can feel free to stop and question me! :)

I still can’t believe the cop looked at him. My god, if we can get his badge number.

Sick&Tired

January 26th, 2010
4:18 pm

There would not be racial profiling, if the people who are most likely to profile an individual or group; started profiling the people who actually look like themselves.

They lean on the assumption that it is okay to profile other groups, but it is a sin to profile someone who looks and think as they do. They want everyone to believe that they can NOT and have NOT done anything wrong or if you don’t want to be profiled; you must be quilty of something. They are very effective in applying quilt by association or gene pool; except for any association that includes them.

It’s a shame we NEED a bill to protect us from a bunch of BS.

lmno

January 26th, 2010
4:33 pm

I went through a road block yesterday on Central Dr in Stone Mountain. I am white. I was wearing a tie and dress shirt. Now, I don’t know if they were looking for someone that didn’t fit my description or what, but every car in front of me took a minute to get through. The Police Officer read the license, took a cursory look around the car, then let them go. When I pulled up, I had my license and registration out in my hand and the police officer just looked and me and said, “You’re good, go ahead”.

On the other hand, in the same neighborhood, I was standing outside of a convenience store while my neighbor was inside buying something. I had given him a ride there and was just stretching my legs on the sidewalk. A police officer walked up and began to ask me questions about what I was doing there. Everytime I have ever gone to that store, men are standing around. I guess I stood out due to being white.

I am not saying its right or wrong, but if you look different than your neighbors, police do treat you differently.

Badger

January 26th, 2010
4:39 pm

I watch the news everynight and it seems the worse crime and killings seem to be perpetrated by a certain race. So I will say this, You are right, it that certain race would stop committing crimes then we would not have to have racial profiling.

A dad

January 26th, 2010
4:39 pm

This bill’s supporters all had a “D” after their district. How typical. Rather than tackle the hard choices which result in a disparate amount of blacks and other “people of color” comitting crimes, etc., i.e., single parent homes, lack of formal education, sense of entitlement, the list goes on, these legislators only want to deal with a symptom of the actual problem rather than attempt to cure the problem. Why not introduce bills encouraging staying in school so a child can compete in the job market when he grows up? INstead, we get a recent court case where a couple black youths were hassled for “acting white” because they were serious about their education. Profiling sometimes works, such as most fo the acts of terrorism are performed my muslim males between the ages of 18 and 35, so why not subject anyone meeting those specifications to a little additional scrutiny. The truth can hurt, and if the shoe fits, either wear it or do somethig to change the size. Or. as these legislators are ttrying to do, introduce legislation making it impossible to accept certain hard realities and instead, pretend they don’t exist.

hondo

January 26th, 2010
4:59 pm

Badger is right on…..

Renee

January 26th, 2010
5:45 pm

Hondo, Bader is wrong. When someone commits a crime and there is a description of a person who perpetrated the crime, it is not racial profiling to go after people who fit that description.

A dad, racial profiling is unconstitutional. This bill protects people’s rights. You are right there are other problems in that need to be dealth with too, but this is not a “symptom” where we need to go after the “cause.” You readily admit that racial profiling is occurring, proving that this bill is necessary to prevent further deterioration of our rights.

Also, racial profiling is legal and would be legal even after this bill to profile terrorists or persons involved in threats to national security. That is a completely different issue.

Finally, this bill merely prohibits an already unconsitutional issue, but without a remedy there is really no right. This bill will call on the attorney general to implement procedures to deal with violations of racial profiling. This bill will also call for data collection of traffic and pedestrian stops and then annual reports will be made by the attorney general. This bill will also call for annual law enforcement training on racial profiling.

This bill does NOT include people pulled over for speeding when it is based on laser or radar technology, nor does it include any issue when law enforcement is responding to an emergency or a crime. This bill goes to the heart of the matter, for the actual issues where people are being pulled over or detained – even if momentarily – based on their race.

I hope that everyone will support this legislation because it is a balanced bill that really protects all citizens constitutional rights.

Santa

January 26th, 2010
6:10 pm

What does it cost to design the systems and enter the information? How about to generate the report? Are we passing an unfunded law that won’t get implemented?

Once we have these percentages, what do we compare them with? The percentage of blacks and hispanics in the overall population or the percentages of convicted felons?

It sounds like a witch hunt against a bunch of underpaid civil servants that have already been through more training regarding the constitution than your average legislator. I am white and have been pulled out of my car violently because it (not me) fit the description of a get away car. Sometimes good law enforcement isn’t fun to be around but its a tough job, and this sounds like an additional burden on already overworked officers.

Cutty

January 26th, 2010
6:34 pm

So because someone who is of the same hue as me committed a crime I should be harassed by the police.

Yeah Badger, it seems like all the crimes involving Crystal Meth and teachers sleeping with students are being committed by one race in particular.

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Scott

January 26th, 2010
6:48 pm

I am sure that a bill eliminating affirmative action should not be far behind. If that is not racial profiling, then I do not know what is.

Linda

January 26th, 2010
7:05 pm

Can the bill extend to profiling in grocery stores? I did not know we were moving to a fairly conservative area. I cannot go into our Jewel Grocery store or Trader Joe’s without being store employees and even managers tagging along, and sometimes rudely asking if they can help…as in…why are you lingering in my store? I am an unrushed careful shopper. I love grocery shopping, but the way I am treated has taken all the fun out of it. I hear so many people here use the phrase “those people” when referring to any ethnicity other than caucasian. I have olive skin, dark hair and dark eyes. My husband and I pay over $11,000.00 in property tax annually, and I am treated like a criminal in these stores. Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m the gentlest soul. This treatment is so hurtful. I used to think people who complained about profiling were whiners. Now that I’ve experienced it, I can empathize.

Renee

January 26th, 2010
7:16 pm

Santa,

There is no system to design, law enforcement already has to enter data on computers. You would only have to add a few more boxes to check on race, gender and or ethnicity, and possibly another line for extra info. This could easily be a system update which would be inexpensive or wait until the forms policeman are currently filling out run out and when the new orders are placed have a form with the extra checkboxes.

Very similar legislation has been passed in Texas, Missouri, and North Carolina, and it is actually very inexpensive to administer. If the attorney general’s office already has a scanner and copy machine then a person would scan the documents, enter the information and produce a report, most likely by clicking a button that compiles all the months together. This raw data can be analyzed further if necessary, but is sufficient to be able to find where people’s rights are being abused and can be corrected.

As for the Attorney General’s procedures, I would argue that that would be an internal policy best worked out by law enforcement. I believe a warning is sufficient for a first time violators. Often people are unaware that it is occurring and once they realize they will take steps to remedy their behavior.

As for annual training, I believe it is necessary. Law enforcement are tasked with protecting the public, but they are not free to violate civil liberties, nor do they want to. I believe there is sufficient information out there, where law enforcement could cheaply either a) acquire from a non-profit information on racial profiling and prevention or b) make a handout themselves to follow. It would take a 30 minute meeting or less to go over issues and let law enforcement officers know this is a concern of the people they protect. This could easily be done in morning or afternoon meetings or in combination with the many other trainings law officers must take.

I respect law enforcement officers very much, and no witch hunt is necessary. This bill will actually help further the tools that law enforcement have to uphold the law. Further as discussed above, this is not an unfunded mandate This bill is simple and protects our citizen’s rights. I hope that everyone will support this bill.

Mid Ga Retiree

January 26th, 2010
9:19 pm

The vast majority of police officers I know (I retired from a law enforcement agency) had much too much to do to resort to racial profiling. Are there a few bad officers that harrass certain ethnic or racial groups? Sure. Are there a few doctors that leer at female patients and molest them? Sure.
Before you holler racial profiling, you might want to consider that there just may be a valid reason for an officer’s interest in a particular car, person, etc.

Renee

January 26th, 2010
9:33 pm

Mid Ga Retiree,

I would agree. I think that a majority of police officers do not racially profile, and this bill would not affect them other than checking some extra boxes and possibly 30 min to 1 hour of their lives per year. Those bad officers is what this bill targets, and rightly so.

87dawg

January 26th, 2010
10:08 pm

Hey Linda, they follow everyone in stores and constantly ask if they can help. It gets very annoying but not once have I taken it that I was being singled out for anything negative. Why should that be your mindset?

Or maybe I just look like I have money to burn and they want some of it spent in their store. Or is that not even remotely a possibility in your case?

87dawg

January 26th, 2010
10:08 pm

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Get Real

January 26th, 2010
10:43 pm

Maybe they need to introduce a bill to stop racial profiling on the local news, because everyday when I watch the news, a large percentage of the stories are about violent crimes being committed by non-Caucasions. That just ain’t right.

Renee

January 26th, 2010
11:02 pm

Get Real,

Again, when a crime is committed by a certain person, be they white, black, middle eastern, asian, etc., and the police look for that specific person, it is not racial profiling.

Further, while you are joking (I hope), news stories do not detain your freedom of movement, and as for the grocery store a private citizen does not have the authority to detain your freedoms, and can follow you around the grocery store, but personally, if they did that to me, whether they wanted me to buy something or thought I was going to steal it, I would shop somewhere else. If you feel you are being racially profiled by a private person working for a private company then you should use your power as a consumer to shop elsewhere.

Dwight

January 27th, 2010
1:31 am

Renee, I assume you are not an expert on computer systems and law enforcement from your comments.
Just adding a check box to a screen is the tip of an iceberg which includes updating the database, additional routines to do the reports. This does not consider there are various systems across the state that don’t talk to each other or aggregating data from all law enforcement agencies in Georgia. This would cost the State a lot of money when all of the agencies implement it.

This type legislation makes it easier for crooks that want to steal our possessions and do us harm. If a neatly dresses white guy is in a low income neighborhood after dark, the question WHY? needs to be ask, like what illegal drugs are you trying to buy/bought. Profiling is not necessarily a race issue, what is out of place and why is someone at that location at that time is what a real law enforcement officer does. If a law enforcement agency profiles on race, then they are not protecting the people. I have been stopped multiple times and when my info matched, no ticket, no problem. I knew I fit a profile of “does he belong in this area?” (I’m white in East Cobb).
They “check out” anyone that appears to look suspicious which keeps me and my family safe.
If a person is involved in criminal activity, they usually fit the profile of a crook and should be treated as such.

A few years ago, the New Jersey State police were charged that they were profiling black drivers because 62% of the drivers ticketed for speeding were black. A joint Federal/New Jersey study was performed to determine the % of speeders that were black. When the study was complete, the Justice Department told New Jersey not to release the study. The NJ Governor refused and released the report, 70% of the speeding drivers were black. What Profiling? They were actually under ticketing black drivers.

This proposed law would result in lawsuits from those who think they are profiled and chill law enforcement efforts. Currently, law enforcement personnel in Fulton and Dekalb have to choose between enforcing the law and their career/livelyhood on a daily basis. Talk to some of the people in Milton, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek and Dunwoody and ask them if better law enforcement wasn’t one of the issues that drove the desire for their creation.

B. Rodriguez

January 27th, 2010
3:04 am

As long as you are not engaging in criminal behavior, you have nothing to fear. Stop your whining and let the cops do their job.

Chief

January 27th, 2010
4:37 am

If memory serves me right Arizona has a no profiling law on the books. It states that law enforcement cannot, when looking for a suspect, use (broadcast – put out over the radio) the race or nationality of the individual in question. Does or would this hinder law enforcement in performing their job? Yes. Will a similar bill for Georgia provide the same restrictions once we start adding blocks to identify race (or nationality) of individuals? Yes/No/Maybe/Probably/Who knows. What I do know is that if you are not guilty of a crime then why are you always looking over your shoulder for that police car or store employee who are only concerned for either your safety or their business.

Darkness

January 27th, 2010
6:56 am

How does anyone including a police officer see into a car at 10:00 at NIGHT without a spotlight or flashlight? Next time you are driving somewhere at 10:00 at night see if you can tell what race or nationality the person is in the car next to you. Something doesn’t sound right here.

Red Truck

January 27th, 2010
7:00 am

I sure hope this measure goes through. I had a police officer follow me for over a mile yesterday. I believe he was profiling me because I was driving a red pickup truck.

LawDog

January 27th, 2010
7:26 am

As a former LEO (law enforcement officer) I can tell you that in the “early days” the race of the citizen was included in many report forms (incident / accident, etc) and even on the Uniform Traffic Citation. I don’t recall when, but eventually that disappeared at least from the traffic citation forms and the accident report forms.

Does that mean there was a suspicion of racial profiling addressed by the removal of those indicators ? That’s sort of a reverse of this situation.

Racial profiling is NOT anything new in law enforcement. It has, and will be, a part of everyday life where the police are concerned.

While, technically, quotas for traffic citations, for example, are illegal (in Georgia), even those exist unofficially. Now, with the passage of this bill, I can see where the Sgt calls the officer in and says “you can’t stop any more black people this month or the figures are going to look like we’ve been profiling”.

This kind of a law doesn’t create equality any more than it prevents discrimination. All it does is limit the enforcement powers of the police through an attempt of pressuring them into a level playing field without consideration of the norms. In an area heavily populated by a certain race, the majority of criminal acts will be perpetrated mostly by that race ! How are the race identity figures going to prove anything ?

tired of it

January 27th, 2010
7:42 am

so how will this work?
will it be just white on black or will the other way around be punished?
this is a waste of tax payer time and money
hate is hate and crime should be punished period
i thought the PC movement went out with clinton and that era

Kevin

January 27th, 2010
8:17 am

How about working this hard finding jobs for the unemployed!!!! Find ways to encourage business’s to move to Georgia, encourage business’s to stay in Georgia…this bill is a waste of the govt. time and energy!

Gabba Gabba Hey

January 27th, 2010
9:05 am

If we get rid of profiling, we MUST get rid of Affirmative Action. That, too, is profiling.

Robin

January 27th, 2010
9:18 am

I liive in Alpharetta. My two sons grew up here and are now adults. We are white. When my sons were teenagers, they drove economy cars and had very few minor traffic violations. Yet it was obvious that my sons were stopped many times by the police for no reason other than the fact that they were young, male teenagers. As parents, were we upset? Yes, at first. Yet as the years went on, we attended many teenage funerals. We advised our sons to cooperate fully with the police and they survived their teenage years blessedly without incident. I realize that my sons were profiled for just several years and therefore not as continuously as some races or ethnic groups, but I also believe that law enforcement polices the masses and needs to generalize on some issues to have the tools to keep us safe. Is it a perfect system, of course not. Yet that is why we have laws to protect the innocent. I think this law would be redundant.

Peadawg

January 27th, 2010
9:37 am

I’m not necessarily saying it’s right, but racial profiling, stereotypes, etc. ARE NOT MADE UP. They obviously come from somewhere…..

just sayin’

Bruthaman

January 27th, 2010
10:00 am

So pea dawg are you saying that white people’s hair smell like dog when it gets wet?

Bob LeBlah

January 27th, 2010
10:03 am

Hmmm… you’re right something needs to be done about this heinous evil doing by cops. Racial profiling must stop. Tonight, after I attend an all black school, I am going to kick back watch some Black Entertainment Television. Then maybe catch up on the the Black State of the Union address. After that, I am going check up with the govt and see if I can get a minority grant to start a business. Whats everybody doing for black history month?

Renee

January 27th, 2010
10:05 am

Racial Profiling is already unconstitutional. A law enforcement officer is already prohibited from this action, but there is no way to detect who is violating the constitution, so there is no way we can take steps to prevent this behavior.

Also, I understand that you would have to upload software to change the system, but the system would not be overhauled it would add questions to be answered. I assumed there may be ready made boxes to check off. Police stations across the state have to upload changes to their software all the time and there are already programs out there that will take the data uploaded compile it and then you would save it to a file and send it to the AG’s office.

Further, SPEEDING TICKETS ARE NOT CONSIDERED RACIAL PROFILING IN THIS BILL. Any speeding ticket detected by lasar, radar, or vascar technology is not considered a “traffic stop” for the purposes of racial profiling.

Nor is responding to an emergency or a specific crime. Also, to the person who made the suggestion of a rich person in a poor neighborhood, basing suspicion to pull someone over because of their socioeconomic status is not a protected constitutional right and would not be subject to this bill.

Also, if a police officer has reasonable suspicion or probable cause to pull a person over then that would not be racial profiling.

The fact that so many and a LEO admit that racial profiling occurs and that LEOs engage in this type of behavior shows that constitutional protections are either being violated or the behavior they believe is “racial profiling” is not actually racial profiling – i.e., based on reasonable suspicion or socioeconomic factors playing into a decision. This is proof that training is needed so that LEO can understand what racial profiling is and what it is NOT.

Bruthaman

January 27th, 2010
10:10 am

Bob Leblah, I don’t know you personally but you sound kind of angry, do you not like Black folks?

Bruthaman

January 27th, 2010
10:13 am

Bob you are quick to list what you percieve as Black folks getting too much attention, but can you also list the instances of them being left out and disregarded?

Bob LeBlah

January 27th, 2010
10:16 am

I like any person, regardless of color that works hard; is a good neighbor; a good parent; raises their kids right; and realizes that their decisions are what affect their lives.

Reio

January 27th, 2010
10:27 am

Bob LeBlah, Whats A Black State of The Union Address?

Sick&Tired

January 27th, 2010
10:31 am

Dwight,
I was reading your comments regarding NJ; the one thing you did not note and is very common is that the officers did not stop whites or did not actually issue a speeding ticket. If you don’t stop another group, as often as you do people of color; then your 70% is irrelevant. That number could have been 100% all minorities; if that is the only group being pulled over for speeding.
People who do racial profile have a certain mindset and it will take more than training to move them forward. There was an officer in Florida recently who was a member of a white supremacy group, do you think I could trust for a moment that this guy would not participate in racial profiling.

Renee

January 27th, 2010
10:55 am

Traffic Tickets for speeding are not considered to be racial profiling if based on radar, laser, or vascar technology in this bill.

DAVID: AJC Truth Detector

January 27th, 2010
10:57 am

HEY…THERE ARE LAws on the book againt Drunk Driving……DRUNKs Still Drive.

HRPufnstuf

January 27th, 2010
11:11 am

My radar and laser both will clock a car over 1/4 mile away. At that distance, traveling maybe 70 mph, I’m sorry, but I can’t tell black/white, male/female, young/old, etc. I’m gonna stop them all over a certain speed. Can’t help which percentage of them fit a certain “profile.”

And as for the other times, cruising through a neighborhood or whatever, I’ve got way too much to do to be pulling people over “just because” they’re black, young, or whatever. Matter of fact, it’s illegal to pull them over without some type of probable cause, which I have to be ready to articulate, in case of an arrest, or just a complaint.

Just because you got stopped doesn’t mean it’s because you’re being picked on. You’re just not that special to me.

Aquagirl

January 27th, 2010
11:20 am

@ sick and tired—link, please.

WhoCares

January 27th, 2010
11:48 am

How about all the black folks just stay off the roads after 10:00pm then the cops would have no choice but to pull over whitey. And everybody would live happily ever after.

stw

January 27th, 2010
12:01 pm

LINDA:Then don’t go into “those stores” who offer to help you find something. I go into Trader Joe’s and if just looking, don’t feel offended if someone asks if they can help. In addition, stores have shop lifters and they do profile and it helps them save us money. Get over it–these people don’t profile for the hell of it–they do it for good reason !!!

Jed

January 27th, 2010
12:40 pm

What a waste of time (and yes, A dad, look at all the D’s next to the sponsors names).
Look profiling is flat out wrong. But you can’t author a bill against something that is already illegal (and yes, Republicans in this great state have wasted their time doing that too).
If cops already are taught not to profile, are heavily discouraged from doing so, then why waste time on a bill like this? This is NOTHING you can enforce, Butler and Marin. Duh.

anton

January 27th, 2010
12:45 pm

Years ago the New Jersey state police were accused of racial profiling on the New Jersey Turnpike and were placed under a federal watch.

Guess what happened. From that day on the state police stopped only white motorists. Profiling in reverse?

Get Real

January 27th, 2010
12:48 pm

Bit dog sure does yelp……..

Get Real

January 27th, 2010
12:51 pm

Any of these people yapping about profiling been fishing? Where are you going fishing in a parking lot or in a lake. You increase your chances by looking at the people who fit the profile of perps committing the crime. Kind of like looking at the pictures of all 7 of the legislators in today’s article who did not take the furlough days as they should have. What is the one thing they all had in common besides democrat affiliation? What could we infer from this observation?

CobbCo is Racist

January 27th, 2010
1:27 pm

Cobb County makes a living out of racial profiling. If you don’t look “American”, then you’ll more than likely get pulled over, searched, and harrassed by police officers. This practice is also prevelant in other cities and counties in Georgia. I was in Powders Springs and an officer pulled behind me, then pulled me over for speeding. I was leaving a friends around 3pm from moving into my new home. I was in no hurry, I was excited about moving into my first home. The officer had no right to pull me over. He lied about me speeding. He only wanted to check me for warrants or suspended license. This is a routine practice in Cobb Co. They make a lot of money from the police and judiciary system. It’s a wonder the Federal Gov’t doesn’t investigate them a little closer. I’m African American.

My latin friends unfortunately get it worse. They’re always harrassed and incarerated by these employees of the community. The police works for the city, county, or state, not the people. They’re only interested in making money, not helping the community. Cobb County doesn’t take money from the Federal Gov’t for their jail system. I wonder why?

Angry Moderate

January 27th, 2010
1:43 pm

“We know that if your skin color is darker than mine or your religion is not Christian, you are likely to be racial profiled,” said the Rev. Tracy Blagec…

Newsflash for the Reverend Blagec: “Non-Christian” isn’t a race, therefore you cannot be racially profiled for it.

Gone Fishing???

January 27th, 2010
1:43 pm

Only in Georgia would ignorance have the audacity to display to the world their lack of intellegence.

Angry Moderate????

January 27th, 2010
1:47 pm

I think he was referring to Muslims, not specifically himself. I guess that didn’t come to mind when you decided to respond.

Bipartisans

January 27th, 2010
2:07 pm

Why is every issue about party? We’re all people. WP continue to categorized people. Isn’t categorizing the same as profiling? So A_dad says the people who are submitting this bill have D’s on the end of their names. They could possibly be BLACK too. Regardless of race or political affiliation these people have witnessed or been victims or know someone who’s been a victim of RP. Does the D’s make their request invalid? Why would you come to this conclusion? There are human beings who’ve been victims of RP by the police forces in GA. It doesn’t matter about politics or color. It’s our duty as citizens to make sure that the community we live in is fair and just. When one race, religion, or socio-economical group continue to become harrassed or injustly victimized by the police force or judiciary system, then we as citizens must react and make changes. This bill will be good for those who suffer from RP. It may not apply to all citizens, but it will help those who have been victims of this practice by the police in this state.

Sporty Black

January 27th, 2010
2:19 pm

What does a flute and a stapler have in common? Absolutely nothing, just like the comments on racial profiling made by idiots whom are neither a victim or a subject matter expert.

Being pulled-over over 200 times in my life is evident that I look like I have done something wrong. The fact of the matter is that I have never committed a crime, much less prosecuted for one. Yet, since January 1, 2010, I’ve been pulled over 3 times and no tickets. Three college degrees, a $500,000 house, and a six figure salary means nothing if you don’t ‘look the part.’

40 years ago, it was okay to hose, sick dogs, beat with billie clubs, and murder a group of people who just wanted to exercise their constitutional right…. vote. After reviewing the comments from some of the readers, it is obvious that they are close relatives Lee, Jackson, et al. Or maybe they are just dumb.

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