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Black Lawmaker Floats Anti-Profiling Bill

A Black Alabama lawmaker who said he is fed up with racial profiling by police is pushing a bill to bring it to an end.

Democratic Sen. Rodger Smitherman of Birmingham is proposing new legislation aimed at blocking the act of racial profiling by law enforcement. Smitherman, who introduced a similar bill 15 years ago, filed his latest measure ahead of the state’s legislative session, which begins March 5.

The lawmaker said a key component of his legislation would require officers to document every detail of a traffic stop, including the race of the driver and why they were pulled over in the first place. Even if there’s not an arrest or a ticket issued as a result of the stop, Smitherman wants to see it all documented.

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