Jerry Brown

Racial profiling bills draw praise from activists, criticism from police

The decision by Gov. Jerry Brown to approve a new data collection requirement to identify and eliminate racial profiling was hailed by civil rights activists Saturday, but law enforcement officials questioned the value of such reporting. The bill requires agencies to collect data on every stop of a civilian, including their perceived ethnicity, the reason for the stop and the outcome (whether an arrest is made). A report by the American Civil Liberties Union said California holds the record for the highest number of deaths at the hands of law enforcement in the country, with 149 people killed in the state this year. The photographs of many of those killed have been on display...