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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

 3:37 PM 

Assembly approves repealing racial profiling law

The Assembly voted 61-36 to repeal a requirement that police collect traffic stop data in an effort to gauge whether racial profiling in a factor in pulling people over.

Supporters of the bill have complained the requirement is burdensome on law enforcement and an unnecessary step.

Rep. Tamara Grigsby, D-Milwaukee, chided Republicans for repealing the bill, saying it is part of an “ignorance is bliss” approach that trivialized the real issue of racial profiling. She also questioned why Republicans were so afraid of simply collecting some information.

She said African Americans are pulled over disproportionally in Wisconsin and has experienced racial profiling herself on her way to the Capitol with an officer asking what she was doing in a particular area. She’s also experienced it with her father, brother, cousins, uncles and friends, she said.

“This is real and if there is such an inability of people in this body to understand the experience of those outside of themselves, that is shameful and disgusting,” Grigsby said.

“You’re saying, no, it doesn’t happen. We don’t believe you.”

No Republican spoke during the floor debate.

The bill, SB 15, now goes to the guv


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