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The former Latina liaison for the Springfield police says new leadership in the department has pushed back against her efforts to address concerns about profiling of Latina residents.
Gov. Kate Brown has continually shown support for granting driving privileges regardless of immigration status. But as the state’s top elected leader, she was forced to defend a law discriminating against drivers based on immigration status.
The Chief: Ron Louie, retired chief of the Hillsboro Police Department, was the state’s first official to collect data about the race and ethnicity of drivers his officers stopped. Other agencies, he said, were “frightened by the scrutiny of the numbers.”
Fewer than 1-in-20 law enforcement agencies in Oregon collect and report detailed data on the people they stop. This month, legislators will begin discussions on House Bill 2355, which, among other things, would force police to collect “stop data.” If the bill passes, Oregon will join 19 other states, including California, in using stop data to identify possible racial profiling by police.
Oregon, in 1859, was the only state admitted to the union of 33 with a constitutional ban on black immigrants. More than 100 years later, the state’s racist history continues to impact the relationship between the black community and the criminal justice system.