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Gov. Jerry Brown vetoes bill banning racial profiling in stores, saying it's already illegal under state law

Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas wrote the bill to prohibit consumer racial profiling. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)
Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas wrote the bill to prohibit consumer racial profiling. (Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press)

Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have specifically banned racial profiling of customers in businesses, saying California law already prohibits it.

In California, discrimination based on race or ethnicity is illegal.

The bill by Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas (D-Los Angeles) would have added language to existing laws specifically banning racial profiling of customers by California businesses.

The legislation was meant to prohibit businesses from targeting black customers as potential shoplifters because of their race.

"The Unruh Civil Rights Act — in a more expansive way — already prohibits the racial discrimination covered by this bill," Brown wrote in a message accompanying his Tuesday veto. "Moreover, the state has vested in the Department of Fair Employment and Housing a full range of strong enforcement authority, including for those claims dealing with racial profiling."

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