End Racial Profiling in Missouri

Support changes to Missouri’s racial profiling laws to better reflect the lived experiences of both law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

 

1,150 Signed 2,000 Needed
 

Missouri has the opportunity to take a step toward racial equity through the adoption of new laws on policing. By promoting the values of accountability, transparency, and shared trust and respect, Missouri can move forward.

We stand in support of Missouri Senate Bill 287 and its counterparts in the Missouri House, bills 1213 and 1214. These bills update Missouri’s racial profiling laws to better reflect the lived experiences of both law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

These bills were crafted in collaboration with law enforcement, advocates, community leaders, and the academic community who shared conversations on the practical limitations law enforcement face daily and needed clarity in the law. The result of this exchange is seen in this legislation, a series of concrete changes that modernizes Missouri’s 17-year-old racial profiling law.

In order for us to have an honest conversation about race in Missouri, we must acknowledge our challenges. 

By asking law enforcement agencies to embrace policies that many officers already support in their hearts, we signal to all Missourians that law enforcement is on their side and is serious about addressing these important issues. By asking communities to form partnerships with law enforcement agencies, we signal to law enforcement that we care about their future and see them as a part of the community.

Changes to the policing laws include a definition of what biased policing is and requires law enforcement agencies to prohibit it.  The bills also include an update to reporting requirements that adds information on pedestrian stops, so more data about the community’s experience will be gathered and analyzed for patterns of racial profiling. The bills incentivize conversations between law enforcement and community members so that the data produced uses fair benchmarks and the bills ensure that officers will receive training based on academic research addressing implicit and systemic bias. 

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17 hours agoMaria Theresa M. from Missouri
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2 days agoJoseph H. from Missouri
4 days agoLeilani B. from Colorado
8 days agoIan R. from Missouri