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Bill modifies requirements for police to detail traffic stops

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A bill requiring police officers to record additional details of their traffic stops in an effort to avoid racial profiling is moving to the Connecticut governor’s desk. The legislation, which the House of Representatives passed Thursday, 130 to 0, stems from recommendations from the Racial Profiling Prohibition Project Advisory Board. Current law requires officers to record the date, time, and location of the stop. Under the bill, the specific geographic location of the traffic stop must also be recorded. The bill also requires that additional departments, including University of Connecticut and Connecticut State University police, record traffic stop data and adopt policies that prohibit stopping, detaining, or searching anyone solely because of a person’s race, color, ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual orientation.

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