Report Shows No Racial Profiling By Police, So Lawmakers Demand They Find Some

Greater Sacramento NAACP President Betty Williams alleged that police are covering up the true statistics.

Sacramento, CA – The California Legislature’s first-ever report on racial profiling by law enforcement officers showed that officers have not been targeting people based on race, prompting critics and lawmakers to call for changes to data-gathering methods.

"It's an insight into the possibility that not everybody who wishes to make a complaint can do so," alleged California Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board Co-Chair Andrea Guerrero told KTXL.

The report was the result of the state’s Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015, which “requires nearly all California law enforcement agencies to collect, maintain, and analyze demographic data on all detentions and searches…to improve understanding and create evidence-based policies though this data collection,” according to the report’s authors.

According to the report, the purpose of the law, and the creation of the advisory board, was to “shepherd this data collection” and to “provide public reports with the ultimate objective to eliminate racial and identity profiling and improve and understand diversity in law enforcement through training, education, and outreach.”

But when law enforcement agencies forwarded the mandated information, the numbers didn’t yield the results that many panel members and anti-police groups had expected.

Although California’s population is comprised of nearly 40 million people, just 659 profiling complaints were made in 2017, the Associated Press reported.

Of those, only three-quarters were related to alleged racial profiling, while others contained allegations of discrimination based on gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, and mental or physical disabilities.

Just 10 of the 659 complaints were actually substantiated.

Seventeen percent of the law enforcement agencies throughout the state didn’t have a single complaint made against them.

Guerrero, who is also the executive director of the activist group Alliance San Diego, said she believes the data is a lie, and that law enforcement officers may have intentionally misreported it in order to protect their own.

“We know we have a profiling problem in the state,” she said, despite what the data actually says, according to the Associated Press.

Greater Sacramento National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) President Betty Williams agreed with Guerrero’s theory of a police cover-up.

"It’s a joke. It’s an absolute joke,” Williams said of the report’s findings, according to KOVR. “How can you not have racial profiling in 2017?”

She alleged that the data was skewed because many law enforcement officers view black people as being so worthless that it isn’t even worth their time to document their contacts with them in the first place.

“I know, since I’ve been the president of the NAACP, we're getting racial profiling cases all the time,” she railed to KTXL. “They need to change the way they are doing things…Are we not worth it? Are we as black people not worth documenting those stops? Come on.”

But advisory board co-chair King County Sheriff David Robinson disputed their inflammatory allegations, and said that the report was an accurate portrayal of what is actually going on out in the field.

“[It is] so rare and far between that someone is racist,” Sheriff Robinson argued, according to the Associated Press.

Robinson said that many allegations of racial profiling didn’t fit the criteria for the advisory board’s report because the complainants did not want to follow formal reporting procedures.

More often than not, people wanted to keep the situation informal, such as making superiors aware of their allegations and having them address the issue with the officer in question.

The advisory board only wanted data pertaining to formal complaints, so that is the information law enforcement agencies handed over, Sacramento Police Officer Marcus Basquez told KTXL.

“There was nothing to cover up,” Officer Basquez explained. “It was just not all of our inquiries were given to the Department of Justice because they were handled at the watch level.”

Going forward, the advisory board is requiring departments to change how they collect data, and said that people should be allowed to level racial profiling allegations against police while remaining anonymous.

"When you allow folks to come forward in an anonymous way that you're more likely to get the information that you need," Guerrero argued.

Agencies also need to make the complaint process simpler, and should provide materials for making complaints in a multitude of languages to encourage more people to come forward, the Associated Press reported.

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iamgideon
iamgideon

Quote from the article "Going forward, the advisory board is requiring departments to change how they collect data, and said that people should be allowed to level racial profiling allegations against police while remaining anonymous.

"When you allow folks to come forward in an anonymous way that you're more likely to get the information that you need," Guerrero argued. " end quote

So they want these claims to be anonymous, no way to substantiate or confirm the validity of those claims? Am I misunderstanding her?

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Greater Sacramento NAACP President Betty Williams alleged that police are covering up the true statistics."

...Apparently only in hers or other black people's minds. Why is it so difficult to say "maybe we as a black community have serious problems which we need to admit and discuss honestly and openly and find solutions" . They appear incapable of doing so ( with few minor exceptions). Could it just be that the black mindset is so askew in operating "above the law" that they just cannot fathom that they are in fact actually causing the disproportionate percentages of illegal violations? "Black entitlement " is causing their own break with reality. When you mix the break in reality with a dose of paranoia and a dash of above the law you have a serious recipe for self destruction. They have no one to blame for their failures however hard they try to do so.

GrumpyVet
GrumpyVet

I'm so glad I moved away from that cesspool of stupidity!

Raidergsmith
Raidergsmith

Let's focus on the real issue here: How about statistics of the 13% of the population comitting over 80% of crimes. Blacks are responsible for more than 92% of the murders of other blacks and 52% of ALL murders. Watch the news on any given day and all you see is crome videos of blacks committing robberies, drug deals, burglaries, assaults and of course murder. Where's the concern for that?

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

There wanting iit to be where they can complain anonymously ,if so how in gods green earth are you going to prove a incident even happened, it sounds like someone is wanting data to just appear or someone is brain dead lol

Trefflek
Trefflek

It’s all about trying to blame racism on trump and republicans. They don’t want to fix the problem in CA they just want something to shout about and blame on trump and conservatives

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

If a cop documents a half dozen valid reasons he stops and detains an African-American but the detainee complains to the NAACP that he was stopped only because he is black, then in the eyes of the NAACP there was racial profiling at play, regardless of how valid the stop was.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

I think that the police in California should find jobs in other states.......California is a state full of nut jobs. Leave them to police themselves for a while and let's see if they change their tune any.

JazzyJeff58
JazzyJeff58

As soon as I saw she was with NAACP, I stopped reading the story because I knew BS was coming...

Signal10
Signal10

What a freaking whiner! Complaints will now triple under this Obama like feminist.

Combokid
Combokid

They are inventing racism where none exists to justify their jobs.

Winddancer436
Winddancer436

This woman is assuming and we all know what assume means LOL

RPG156
RPG156

Perhaps she should take the win....

CrybabyDemoLibTard
CrybabyDemoLibTard

How can anyone live much less police in this liberal assed state! The feds need to build a wall around Caulifornia instead of the border.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Politicians want the police to falsify statistics? Somehow something there sounds criminal.🤔

kgolfinghawaii
kgolfinghawaii

And people wonder why facts don't mean anything nowadays. The left and their agenda driven scumbag leaders have no desire to ever allow facts to determine their racist jobs need to go away. These people are putrid human debris.

JKBBlue
JKBBlue

“They need to change the way they are doing things…Are we not worth it? Are we as black people not worth documenting those stops? Come on.”

If you truly believe that you are the victim of racial profiling and discrimination, take the time to file a formal report.

You need to use the system of reporting that has been provided…Are You not worth it? Are You as black people not worth the time and effort it takes to file a report? Come on!

"When you allow folks to come forward in an anonymous way that you're more likely to get the information that you need." You mean we're more likely to get the information that You want to see. 10/10 Jussie Smollett approves anonymous reporting of racism.

junkmansj
junkmansj

Black LIES Matter

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

An accusation of racism was made. The fact's don't support that claim, so the facts must be wrong.

If a black person is pulled over for speeding, was he racially profiled, or was he pulled over for committing the crime? Should minorities not be charged when they commit crimes because of their race? Is that what the committee / NAACP wants? I just want them to be clear on what they are looking for, and what they are expecting.

Albert2
Albert2

Typical libtard ...get the data it will show the police are racist...gets data that shows nothing...well who can believe data it has to be false...yea just like the body came would show all this police brutality ...I think in 20 years you will see liberalism listed as a mental disorder just like bi-polar or schizophrenia.

No. 26-41
LPD133
LPD133

"Going forward, the advisory board is requiring departments to change how they collect data, and said that people should be allowed to level racial profiling allegations against police while remaining anonymous. 'When you allow folks to come forward in an anonymous way that you're more likely to get the information that you need,' Guerrero argued." Really? Anonymous complaints......how will you ever find out which incident needs to be reviewed by police management? They just want to whine and make excuses and when the data shows they are crying wolf, they now want to be able to cry wolf based on complaints that cannot be substantiated? So glad I live in Texas. . . If I lived in CA, I would have moved years ago.

wmc50
wmc50

@JBo; I think there is clearly a profiling problem in California, that is the agenda driven NAACP needing to have a problem to bitch and complain about to continue to be relevant.

Interested bystander
Interested bystander

Seems to me it is like every gov't project ever done. Give us the results that prove our hypothesis not proof that it isn't true.

Interested bystander
Interested bystander

Would like to add. I have a son who is by nature of his birth an exact person to be profiled. When he was younger he was stopped frequently. Taillight or headlight out, seatbelt, possibly speeding. In all the stops he claimed profiling, but in all those stops the officer was correct in the stop. Now that he is older, maintains his vehicle and drives the speed limit.... Darn he don't get stopped. Duh

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Rather guessed immediately it was California. And it’s gotta be from leftist socialist democrats.