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'Profiling' bill moves toward House vote

A compromise bill headed to a vote of the Oregon House would bar the broad use by police of race or other specified characteristics to identify criminal suspects.

But while the bill approved by the House Judiciary Committee bans “profiling,” it does not require police agencies to keep tabs on all traffic stops or other encounters between police and the public.

House Bill 2002 would require agencies to adopt bans on profiling by Oct. 1, procedures for people to file complaints with agencies, and a process for agencies to review those complaints within 90 to 180 days.

In addition to race, ethnicity and skin color, the bill lists 10 other categories in the banned category. It does exempt from the ban descriptions or information about specific suspects.

The committee vote was 7-2. Republican Reps. Wayne Krieger of Gold Beach and Andy Olson of Albany joined all five Democrats in favor. Both are retired Oregon State Police troopers. GOP Reps. Bill Post of Keizer and Sherrie Sprenger of Scio — she is a former sheriff’s deputy — voted no.

Under the revised bill, copies of complaints to agencies would be forwarded to a special state committee that is housed within the Criminal Justice Policy Research Institute at Portland State University.

A specific person must file complaints, although the person’s name can be withheld from disclosure on request, and the names of officers involved would also be withheld.

A 10-member work group, led by Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum or her designated substitute, would recommend by Dec. 1 which agency is best suited to analyze agency patterns or practices and make recommendations to lawmakers.

According to the NAACP, Oregon is one of 20 states that do not ban profiling. About a third of the states designate commissions to look at complaints.

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Corrects spelling for Rep. Sherrie Sprenger. JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT