No matter where you grew up or what you look like, we should all be able to move freely or meet with whomever we want without fear of police surveillance.
The California Legislature directed the CA Department of Justice (DOJ) to make gang databases more accurate at identifying gang members, but the DOJ failed to meet this mandate. Instead, the DOJ is proposing rules that would add anyone “associating” with a suspected gang member, wearing what police say is “gang style of dress,” and seen passing through a neighborhood deemed by police as a “gang location” to the statewide database.
This is wholly unfair, discriminatory, and unconstitutional.
Inclusion in the gang database is dangerous. An officer who pulls over a person and discovers their name in the gang database is likely to become more aggressive, conduct a more intrusive search, or call for gang unit backup.
Take action and call on the DOJ to rescind its discriminatory proposal and protect the rights of all Californians regardless of race, zip code, or friendships.
Shayna Rivera, CalGang Unit Manager
Thomas Bierfreund, Associate Governmental Program Analyst