ST. LOUIS (AP) – A state senator from St. Louis who was active in Ferguson protests is proposing legislation that seeks to reduce policing bias against blacks.
Sen. Jamilah Nasheed, a Democrat, and Republican Rep. Shamed Dogan are sponsoring the Fair and Impartial Policing Act. Details were announced Tuesday in St. Louis. Both sponsoring lawmakers are black.
The Missouri attorney general’s office annually releases data on vehicle stops showing that black drivers are far more likely to be pulled over, searched and arrested, compared to white drivers.
Nasheed says the proposed bill would expand police reporting requirements to include pedestrian stops as well as vehicle stops.
She says it will provide for additional training in an effort to reduce violence and enact measures holding policing agencies and officers accountable when bias is determined.