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Uniting Against Racial Profiling in Our Communities

SDOP leader Leah Blake speaks to the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board about criminal justice issues in our communities

July 24, 2017

“Creating policies for this system is like putting Band-Aids on a broken leg. This system is inherently broken. You can’t fix it with tiny changes – we need to transform it.” – 16-year-old SDOP leader Leah Blake

How has SDOP advocated against racial profiling?

Two years ago, you helped us successfully advocate for state legislation to reform racial profiling in our communities. 

Thanks to your efforts, the Racial and Identity Profiling Act came into effect in 2016. Now, a team known as the Racial and Identify Profiling Advisory Board reviews data from every policing stop and recommends policy to end discriminatory policing in California.

What does the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board do?

The 19-member board is made up of law enforcement, attorneys, community and spiritual leaders and a university professor. The board has a goal to eliminate racial and identity profiling. They hope this will help improve diversity, racial, and identity sensitivity in law enforcement. 

The board’s role includes: 

  • Working with law enforcement to review and analyze racial and identity profiling policies and practices
  • Issuing an annual report that details the status of racial profiling
  • Recommending policy for reporting data on police stops and eliminating profiling in California

The Attorney General’s Office has already issued draft regulations for the collection and reporting of “stop data” (the data that law enforcement submits for every person they stop) after receiving input from this advisory board. 

For the first time, this board came to hear our voices

On July 12, this advisory board came to San Diego for the first time to hear your input. Community leaders, including Bishop Cornelius Bowser and 16-year-old Leah Blake, spoke about the urgent need to dismantle racial profiling in our communities. 

Voice of San Diego recently featured Leah’s moving testimony about how racial profiling perpetuates inequality in our communities. Click here to see the full video.